Word counts are forever shrinking in today's online journalism, but despite this fact a rebellious service wants people to fit more in-depth feature articles into their reading schedule. Inspired by their enthusiasm of Instapaper
, the editors of Longform.org cull the best stories in several categories. The Instapaper-Longform workflow follows these steps:
Sign up for Instapaper
Download the Instapaper App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or ePub reader
Browse Longform for interesting articles
Click the "Read Later" button next to desired articles
Read the story while offline, another day, on any of the above devices.
While Instapaper has a custom bookmarklet that enables Web users to mark any page that they want to "Read Later." But curated content makes Longform stand out by removing some of the guesswork. The articles are broken into categories such as tech, politics, culture and more, and can be read on the free version of the Instapaper app, or the $4.99 version with more features and no ads.
For Longform visitors that want to read on their computer, the site also recommends Readability, another bookmarklet-based service. While on the article's page, clicking "Readability" will remove clutter and reformat the site according to preferred settings, even converting hyperlinks to footnotes.
A welcome break from the 24-hour news-cycle, Longform seeks to collect great articles from around the Web, with Editor's Picks and older stories that are still relevant despite being written in the last century. Joint editors Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky post the finds that they think are too long to be read on a Web browser. Instead, as a Slate article explains, Longform gives an alternative reading view that keeps the article in one piece, rather than being broken up into multiple pages. Linsky, 29, is "a former Creative Loafing reporter and Slate contributor," according to ReadWriteWeb, and Lammer, 28, is a writer and Web developer.