'The Magazine'

Marco Arment:

Introducing The Magazine: a modern iOS Newsstand publication for geeks like us that’s loosely about technology, but also gives tech writers a venue to explore other topics that like-minded geeks might find interesting.

Several months ago, during WWDC, Kyle Baxter and I spoke at length about the value and inevitability of building precisely such a publication. And, sure enough, here it is.

Although The Magazine is strikingly reminiscent of the Read & Trust Magazine, I must say that I'm pleased it's here. My reasoning is simple: long-form writing is making a welcome and well-overdue comeback.

In an age of throwaway tweets and one or two word pieces of "analysis," long-form writing's resilience has been rewarded with relevance and desire within the technology community. For people like me — people who enjoy producing such lengthy content — I'm thrilled that's the case.

From some cursory dabbling, The Magazine appears to be, unsurprisingly, a very well crafted and enjoyable app to use. I've immediately subscribed, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the publication.

The Magazine is available from the iOS App Store. Federico Viticci has, as always, a fantastic overview of its significance, purpose, and quality.

Supporting Content Makers

Myke Hurley:

Personally, it’s not about the perks that are offered that entice me to sign up. It’s not this stuff that makes the decision for me, it all boils down to a pretty simple sentiment.

If I lived in the same town as (insert webite owner’s name here), would I buy them a coffee once a month?

Although the coffee analogy has been frequently applied to the independent content scenario, Myke’s unique take on the topic certainly provided a point of pause for me this week. Not only does Myke’s argument re-emboss the pleasant sense of community inherent to the technology sphere, it’s also an extraordinarily astute manner one might consider supporting independent creators in the first place.

Personally, I have a vested interest in the sustenance and prosperity of the independent environment. Thus, when a writer — regardless of quality or stature — institutes a means for monetization, I’ll typically be quick to subscribe, donate, or join. For those outside of this environment, however, Myke’s perspective provides for an apt and tangible manner in which anyone can help the creators they enjoy.

System Extension

System Extension

Stephen Hackett:

I’m happy to announce System Extension, the new monthly e-book companion to 512 Pixels. Put together with iBooks Author, System Extension includes bonus content, an inside look at what I do here on the site, tips, tricks and more.

Amidst the recent discussions of weblog monetization, Stephen Hackett has just unveiled the latest perk for his paid members: System Extension. The first issue is available for your free perusal on 512 Pixels.

Regardless of the content, Stephen is providing a measurably unique service to his members. In an industry increasingly characterized by the uninspired duplication of business plans, the very sentiment of attempting something new — just as I wrote with regard to Ben Brooks — is of the utmost importance.

Moreover, as the first issue is available for free, the reader is able to make an informed judgment regarding the value of the membership. Such transparency is fairly rare, and I certainly applaud his experiments in this field.

For more information regarding Stephen’s membership model, visit 512 Pixels.