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Foreword

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

By Glenn Fleishman Twitter icon 

This is The Magazine: every issue has four (sometimes more) original, commissioned feature articles and essays on a variety of subjects of interest to curious people with a technical bent. We publish an issue every two weeks.

We just relaunched our app with a new version, which you can download at no cost. To celebrate the new release and help us introduce ourselves to you, until August 29, 2014, our entire back catalog of issues from October 2012 (Issue #1) through July 17, 2014 (Issue #47) may be downloaded and read free and kept or re-downloaded forever.

We write about espresso, typewriters, the revival of Polaroid film, 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 β€” from a thread to a rope β€” 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, 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 occasionally commission or license original editorial illustration.

(We even have a book of our best work from our first year in publication, available in both digital and hardcover formats.)

People like you

Instead of using advertisements, The Magazine relies on subscriptions and individual issue sales to pay for the quality writing, photography, editing, illustration, 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 and issue buyers.

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.

β€” Glenn Fleishman, Editor and Publisher


  1. Most issues are a few megabytes in size. You could download over 1,000 issues, if we had that many, and still have free space on the smallest-capacity iPhone or iPad. 

Glenn Fleishman is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, and contributes reguarly to the Economist, Boing Boing, TidBITS, and Macworld. The father of two, Glenn won two episodes of Jeopardy! in 2012, and he won't let you forget it.

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