Brand New and Beloved Apps

We've been hard at work updating our apps and working on new ones, and we're really proud to showcase some of our recent favorite work.

Pixel Fable by Senongo Akpem is a collection of children's stories created for large screens. Pixel Fable's detailed illustrations reward multiple readings and the use of language creates mystery for children and adults alike. It's hard to imagine this media in any other context. As Senongo writes: "They are fantastic tales of witches and demons, of talking animals and hunters, even of cunning ants and magic fish. It is an interactive archive of traditional Nigerian children's fables, redesigned for the digital age."

We're also thrilled to introduce Aperture Photography, a new magazine by the Aperture Foundation, who published their third issue this morning. Twice-monthly, free and featuring the best work from the quarterly's new issues alongside their more than six decades of archives, outtakes and teasers from their book imprint, and highlights from the Photobook Review, a semi-annual paper. But Aperture Photography is not simply a "best-of" compendium — each issue also features wholly original material and the "Aperture Beat," which according to editor Alexandra Pechman offers "an insider's view on all things Aperture."

This is mobile magazine-making at it's best; complimenting, rather than competing with, fantastic print and web efforts.

And finally we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight the second anniversary of one of our first titles, Little Star Weekly. Many literature startups (not to mention startups in general) don't last two years, but Ann Kjellberg has been publishing issues every week for two years. The magazine is now available on the web, and as with all of our titles, an app subscription allows web access, and vice versa. The February 13th edition of Little Star Weekly is a fine example of what Ann delivers every week. A short story by Sam Savage, the first part of serialized fiction by Cesar Aira (translated by Chris Andrews), a poem by Geoffrey O'Brien and a film still by Simon Staring.

We're constantly updating our core platform. In addition to improving stability and adding web/mobile subscription syncing, we've made the apps faster, introduced resizable type, and debuted a leaner design that more directly showcases our clients' amazing work.

A special thanks to Michelle Kamerath for helping with this post (and with these apps!)

Introducing Little White Lies Weekly

We're pleased to announce Little White Lies Weekly. Please download and subscribe! Brought to you by the team responsible for the award-winning Little White Lies, a print magazine devoted to "the best in movies," the Weekly will feature new film reviews, plus agenda-setting articles and exclusive interviews. An annual subscription is priced 10 dollars on the web, and 12.99 on iTunes. Deputy Editor Adam Woodward says:

The most exciting thing about Little White Lies Weekly for us is the opportunity to help users discover more great movies by providing a weekly guide to the best new releases, while also enabling us to respond to the latest events and trends across the movie landscape. Little White Lies Weekly has been developed with the same ethos that fuels our print magazine, and allows us the flexibility we've always wanted.

The first issue, which is free on iTunes and the web, features reviews of Interstellar, Gone Girl, and an interview with the feel-bad master of malevolence, David Fincher, just to name a few. Let's face it: the post-holiday season can be bleak, this week's sub-arctic temperatures have made most of us reluctant to venture out. If weather-necessitated hibernation has lead to some Netflix malaise, we heartily recommend Little White Lies Weekly as the best antidote to winter blahs. Download it today, and give yourself 6 to 8 reasons each week to love the great indoors.

Introducing Emily Books Reader 2.0

Emily Books Reader 2.0 is here!

A year ago we launched Emily Books Reader, an iOS companion to the monthly book club and store founded by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry. Today, with the release of Nell Zink's raved-about debut novel The Wallcreeper, we're proud to announce that an updated edition of the app is available.

What's new? You now have more control over the book-reading experience than ever before: text resizing (!), night reading mode (!!), and the ability to add and delete bookmarks (!!!). And of course, you'll still be getting the same dose of monthly essays, interviews, and (of course) a book, hand-picked by Ruth and Emily. Individual issues cost $12.99, and subscriptions are just $9.99/month.

If you have purchased a subscription or any issues through Emily Books Reader 1.0, please email your receipt to to get access in Emily Books Reader 2.0.

Download it today -- we can't wait for you to use this app!

Introducing Le Sauce

Last week marked the fourth issue of Le Sauce, our most delicious publication yet. Jam-packed with stories, tips, and thoroughly-tested recipes, Le Sauce is the brainchild of Yasmin Seneviratne. A longtime home cook, entertainer, and food editor, Yasmin says of the blog that started it all, "When I started in 2008 it wasn't with the idea to launch a magazine, but when the opportunity arose, it was the only one I wanted for Le Sauce."

The latest issue, THANKSGIVING, showcases what Le Sauce is all about: getting together around a table of good food piled high. The bonus? The recipes, from garlic-and-browned-butter mashed potatoes to a creamy kale salad, are both decadent and vegetarian-friendly, offering start-to-finish instruction and some personal history. (Not to mention a killer morning-after leftovers sandwich.)

And Yasmin has more in store: "I love creating each issue of Le Sauce and am most excited right now about the HEAT issue coming out in November," she says. "It will feature some of the spiciest recipes I've ever tried anywhere but also, like, some of the sexiest."

Not convinced? Get the first issue, RED, for free by downloading the app. Le Sauce is for everybody, not just serious cooks. As Yasmin writes in the inaugural cover story:

Contrary to what you'd expect, I don't particularly like to cook, I cook all the time because I love to eat. I'm lazy to throw dinner parties because I'm the first to admit that even casual ones are work, but I do throw them because I always want to be at one. I dine out (often) with friends because: instant dinner party. Also, I gravitated to careers in and around food--in magazines and TV as they are other obsessions of mine--but have no formal training in food. All that qualifies me to create anything on the subject of food or having a good life is an unchecked passion for both. Le Sauce is about eating and enjoying. May my selfish drives serve you in your quest to do both.

Subscriptions to Yasmin's fortnightly issues are $4.99 per month or $10.99 per quarter (less than $2 per issue!), but the food, friends, and fun? Priceless.

Spoiler Alert: We Heart BW/DR

Every so often, a magazine comes along that surprises, delights, and reminds us why we come into work every day, excited to work with publishers to build the best apps. Currently, that title is Bright Wall/Dark Room, an independent film magazine committed to talking about films differently, and we're pleased to welcome this publication to our platform.

Since 2009, their team of writers, poets, filmmakers, and artists have reflected monthly on movies -- those they love, hate, can't stop thinking about -- in fresh and personal ways, offering a more nuanced perspective than the typical 500-word review. As BW/DR's Editor-in-Chief Chad Perman explains,

"There seemed to be this great and growing gap between the film criticism I was reading and this very real and tangible thing that films themselves actually do to each one of us, how they make us feel."

In BW/DR's August issue, the second in a two-part series celebrating American classics from Jaws to Rocky, this emphasis on honestly exposing the undeniably human element in films -- whether making or watching them -- is omnipresent. As Summer Block writes in her essay on the Coen Brothers' cult classic O Brother, Where Art Thou?

"The Coen Brothers' film is about people wanting to be a better version of themselves, something a little lighter and brighter than the truth. (A lawyer instead of a con man; a husband instead of a cad.) But where other films might warn against the dangers of self-delusion, O Brother celebrates the courage and creativity it takes to change your identity. O Brother is a paean to the wild, reckless joy of self-invention, and the sustaining power of myth to bring us closer to our best selves."

The upgraded version of their app is now available to download. And lucky for all of us, the first issue, featuring essays on the likes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dead Poets Society, is free. If you like what you read, you can subscribe at $1.99 per month or $19.99 for a yearlong subscription.

Since BW/DR is funded entirely by their subscribers, we think it's worth becoming a member of their vibrant (and quickly growing!) community of passionate film-lovers young and old. We can't wait to read about what they see in theaters -- or rewatch for the millionth time on Netflix -- next.

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