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What are some of the presses you're working with? Did you target them specifically?
HM: We have over twenty independent publishing partners and counting, which range from new literary journals to established presses. Over the summer, we’ll publish content curated by A Public Space, Akashic, Graywolf, The Common, PEN America Journal, and New Directions. We approached these publishers because we admire their missions as well as their content, and now publishers are approaching us, which is exciting. There are so many great indies out there that it seems like there is a lifetime supply of worthwhile content, even for a weekly magazine.
Do you worry about getting readers to look at long-form work on the Internet?
BS: There’s so much content buzzing around us all the time, long-form is probably more welcome as a result. People are constantly toggling back and forth between Twitter, Gchat, et al., but long-form is a respite from the frenzy. The idea that technology has caused our attention spans to wither is a misconception: The Atavist and Longreads have already proven that people are willing to engage with in-depth nonfiction in digital formats, and there’s a similar opportunity for fiction. Once a story captures your attention, it doesn’t matter if you’re reading it online or in paperback. Recommended Reading will be available online as well in ePub and Kindle versions, and we’re certain that the fiction we publish will captivate readers in any format.
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