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Foreword

Subscriber-supported original writing for curious people with a technical bent.

By Glenn Fleishman Twitter icon App.net icon 

This is The Magazine: every issue has five original, commissioned feature-length articles by terrific writers accompanied by great photos and illustrations on a variety of subjects of interest to curious people with a technical bent. We publish an issue every two weeks.

We write about espresso, typewriters, role-playing boardgames, stick-shift cars, bird watching, pinhole digital cameras; the loss of a parent whose life was devoted to software, a man building a full-scale Millennium Falcon, the impact of personally owned unmanned aircraft, how red-light cameras increase accidents; and so much more. We mix in-depth reporting by writers who contribute regularly to major national magazines and Web sites with personal essays that will delight you and bring tears.

Our articles have a connection — from a thread to a rope — that links each tale to technology, the digital world, or the spirit of a geeky point of view. For instance, when we run an article on making espresso, we peel away the mystery and provide useful information. When you read about biking in the Netherlands, you find how the country’s focus on infrastructure leads 84% of its residents to cycle regularly.

Our clean, reader-friendly design loads quickly, integrates well with sharing and system conventions (including text selection and VoiceOver), and occupies minimal storage space.1 (Tap that: it’s a popup footnote.)

Most importantly, we show the utmost respect for your time and attention.

Writers

We always pay writers well. We want to attract great talent, and we don’t believe in asking people to write for free or for “exposure.” Instead, we pay writers and promote them as much as we can. (Pitch us your idea.)

Many talented writers have their own sites and don’t want to lock up great articles in other publications forever. The Magazine operates under more liberal author terms than most of the publishing industry: authors retain ownership of their writing, and they may republish their work on their own sites two months after it appears here.

We are writers, so we designed The Magazine to be an ideal home for our work.

We also pay photographers to license existing work or hire them for new photo shoots, and typically have one original editorial illustration in each issue.

Subscribers like you

Instead of using advertisements, The Magazine relies on subscriptions to pay for the quality writing, illustration, photography, editing, proofreading, design, and programming that make up each issue. We don’t sell personal information, we have no outside investment, and we’re not owned by a larger company. It’s all on subscribers.

The Magazine leaves behind a lot of what magazines “need.” And many magazines really do need them. But we don’t.

I’d love for you to give us a try. Thank you.

Glenn Fleishman, Editor & Publisher


  1. Most issues are 3–6 MB. You could download over 2,000 issues, if we had that many, and still have free space on the smallest iPhone or iPad.

    Most iPhone and iPad magazine issues are over 50 times larger because they carry so much more baggage and use extremely inefficient designs 

Glenn Fleishman is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, hosts the podcast The New Disruptors, and is one of the writers of the Economist's Babbage blog. The father of two, Glenn won two episodes of Jeopardy! in 2012, and he won't let you forget it.

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