New iPad App Curates Short Stories From Around The Web

Paragraph Short Story App

Paragraph Shorts, a new iPad app launched earlier this month, offers readers a one-stop shop for all the best short stories available online ('best' of course being a relative term, but you get the idea). Paragraph culls its content from sources like The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. The first three issues contain stories by Etger Keret, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson, amongst others.

The selection isn't limited to print stories either. The aforementioned Etger Keret entry, for instance, also features a recording of Ira Glass (This American Life) reading the tale. Some stories are audio only, some are videos-- basically, if its a good story, Paragraph will feature it, regardless of is medium.

"We decided to create Paragraph because we love short stories and we found it incredibly hard to discover them," says curator Ziv Navoth. "[T]here are many stories that are accessible, if you only knew where to look. We thought it would be cool if you didn't have to."

Paragraph offers a clean, intuitive interface and a sleek, minimalist design. Beautiful photographs accompany every story, and there's even a featured new song imbedded into every issue, giving readers "a moveable feast for the eye, ear and mind."

Issues come out every week and are automatically downloaded to iPad's Newsstand. Subscriptions and the app itself are both free. iPad users can download Paragraph here. There's no word yet on whether the developers plan to release an Android or non-iOS version.

Who's going to download this app? Are there any other applications or web pages with a similar concept?

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R. Perry's picture
R. Perry January 17, 2013 - 1:27pm

Very cool, thank you for posting.

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dufrescm from Wisconsin is reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep January 17, 2013 - 2:24pm

Gonna download that one tonight!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 18, 2013 - 10:03am

Wish this was on android.  

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stefen8 July 11, 2017 - 4:21am

I downloaded the app myself, but to be honest I didn’t have time to read a full story. I know, I know, I’m terrible — but hey, it’s the middle of CES. Nonetheless, the authors were pretty impressive (the first two issues include stories from Jonathan Franzen, Edgar Karet, Jennifer Egan, and others). And I liked the layout — not just the cleanness and customizability of Read mode, but also the way you can bring up the Twitter feeds of the original magazines by turning your iPad to landscape mode. The latest version of app is available for free on Cyrus installer iOS app.

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manishi September 16, 2017 - 2:02am

You can Start Downloading Vshare for Ios on Ipad.

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jaglin September 25, 2017 - 5:15am

You can download this app and start writing short stories. GBA4iOS App also a grat app to get lot of apps for free. You can also give a try on this fantastic emulator.

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FOsborne21 September 6, 2022 - 11:36pm

The iPad doesn't just allow us to consume digital media like it's candy with a Snapple on the side, but it can also be used as a creative writing tool. I prefer to check this and get more new ways android apps settings. It's become clear that people want more of this type of content there is an appetite for short, interesting stories.