Longreads.com Gets Their First eBook, and With It, Their First eBook Review

longreads the best long form stories on the web e1327533119150 Longreads.com Gets Their First eBook, and With It, Their First eBook ReviewLongreads.com is the internet-famous website that aggregates all the pieces of longform writing people* are passing around on the web, and puts the best ones (or the most popular, which lets face it, are often mutually exclusive) in one place. Well, not only do they now have a reading night at a book store—a sure sign of success (with people who go to readings)—but they also have a book! Definitely as much if not more of a sign of success than a reading. It may be an eBook, which can’t exactly be sold at a bookstore you can have a reading at, but it’s still a book.

The book, Longreads: Best of 2011 (Kindle Edition), is pretty self-explanatory. What was the best stuff on Longreads this year? You can now have it on a Kindle!

This is really, really great news for people who want extra ways to read blogs like This Recording on a Kindle.

You know what else comes with the success of putting out a book? Book reviews! And Longreads just got their first one:

amazon com longreads best of 2011 ebook dan p lee molly lambert paul collins amy harmon jeff wise maria bustillos kathy dobie mark armstrong kindle store e1327532775759 Longreads.com Gets Their First eBook, and With It, Their First eBook Review

We like Longreads! We do. We swear. It’s just that this…is a good question. Feel free to take it on in the comments! Which you can’t do on an eBook.**

[*Or people with decent-sized Twitter followings and/or jobs in media and publishing whose opinions on these matters are considered, in some regard, authoritative.]

[**Which maybe, actually, makes it worth paying for?]

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  1. Lauren Starke says:

    I’ll confess my bias up front–I work at New York magazine, which published one of the pieces in the eBook and co-presented the reading last night. I think the Amazon reviewer is missing the convenience factor. Some people (myself included) would rather pay $7 to have these stories in a clean format than follow multiple links and print out / save to instapaper.

  2. Megan Garber at The Atlantic had a great write-up explaining how and why Longreads released the Best of 2011 as an ebook. 

    To summarize: Money from the sale of this ebook is shared with the creators, which makes it a great way for people to celebrate and support the outstanding work of those featured. 

    (founder, Longreads) 

  3. Thad McIlroy says:

    I spent last week at the very informative Digital Book World conference in New York. One of the things that the big publishers are realizing is the “platforms matter”. People buy on their chosen ebook platform from what’s immediately available. It’s about convenience and impulse buying, so easy to act on when you’re online already.

    Two big pieces of advice to Longreads: bring the price down to $4.99. That should boost sales noticeably, far beyond the revenue hit. And get the ebook onto all the other platforms: I can’t find “Longreads: Best of 2011″on Apple, Barnes & Noble or Kobo. Amazon is only half the market. Sure you have to work harder to get the other half. Like spend one extra day!