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 support@29.io 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 lesauce.com 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.

Meet Julius, Intern Extraordinaire

"My name is Julius Osagiede, and I spent this summer as a tech intern at 29th Street Publishing. I was able to obtain my internship at the company through a program called PENCIL Fellows. PENCIL Fellows is a non-profit program that creates innovative and impactful models of ongoing collaboration between businesses and public schools.

At 29th Street Publishing, I created articles and helped develop three client sites. Through my work, I learned about modern development tools and content management systems. Last Thursday evening, I attended a culminating event at Ogilvy Theater with 29th Street's General Manager Alaina Browne and CEO David Jacobs to mark the completion of my internship. It was there that the PENCIL Fellows Scholarship winners would be announced; to my surprise, I won 3rd place in the PENCIL Fellows Scholarship Contest, which earned me $1,000 (and an ovation).

As I head into my senior year of high school, I plan to take the SAT, apply to a lot of scholarships and colleges, and get good grades. After I graduate I would like to attend a four-year college to major in computer engineering. Beyond coding, I am grateful for what I learned at 29th Street this summer: to problem solve, have patience, and always be open to learning new things."

n+1 On the Go

The arrival of n+1 for iOS marks the first time that readers can access all of their offerings (print content! online exclusives! e-books!) in one cohesive subscription. Readers can now take the creative and intelligently curated content of the literary mag that Malcolm Gladwell calls "rigorous, curious, and provocative" on the go.

In addition to a year's worth of triannual n+1 issues, subscribers will also receive three ebooks. First up: Buzz, a new play and story written by founding editor Benjamin Kunkel, the author of Indecision and Utopia or Bust. That's one book-length publication every two months introducing you to "some of the best writers you've never heard of." Yearly subscriptions to the app cost $39.99 and ensure that you have iOS access to n+1's eclectic mix of writing with an emphasis on "describing the present" at your fingertips.

In 2004, the team behind n+1 took a calculated risk: Impassioned daydreaming and pure, mathematical logic united to justify its founding editors' desire to throw yet another print magazine into the mix. Where others saw only an overcrowded publishing industry, the magazine's founding editors--Keith Gessen, Mark Greif, Chad Harbach, Benjamin Kunkel, Allison Lorentzen, and Marco Roth--recognized room for improvement and weren't about to let that space go to waste. As Susan Hodara's piece in Harvard Magazine explains,

The name n+1, conceived in a moment of frustration, comes from an algebraic expression. "Keith and I were talking," Harbach recalls, "and he kept saying, 'Why would we start a magazine when there are already so many out there?' And I said, jokingly, 'N+1'--whatever exists, there is always something vital that has to be added or we wouldn't feel anything lacking in this world."

A decade later, n+1 has moved beyond its algebraic roots to become a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year. In addition, they publish new online-only work several times each week, as well as books expanding on the interests of the magazine.

Issue 19: Real Estate was particularly excellent, and best of all, it's included with the free download so you can start reading right away, wherever you are.

The issue features more new fiction by Kunkel, along with political and cultural essays by David Auerbach (Microsoft vs. AOL?), Kristin Dombek (life advice), Nikil Saval (office design trends), Jedediah Purdy ("The Accidental Neoliberal"), and more. You're not likely to get bored mid-issue! Topics swing from Ukraine's geopolitical crisis to classical music-listening etiquette in "The Concert Hall" by The Editors:

"Where classical music is most visibly in crisis is the concert hall, and all the rituals that govern contemporary classical music and make it intolerable, even to people who love contemporary classical music, belong to the concert hall. The prohibitions, the dress code, the shared obligation to stare down misbehaving fellow concertgoers until they cut it out--all are ways of disciplining the experience of live musical performance. At home, in the car, on the streets with headphones, a listener can sing along, laugh, get annoyed and turn the volume down. In the concert hall, one must not clap in between movements; everyone knows that those pauses are for coughing. By coughing, listeners reassure each other: Don't worry, we weren't feeling or thinking anything about what we heard--we were only sitting here, trying not to cough."

If you're new to n+1, then take our word for it: The app is a beautifully designed and accessible way to encounter their content for the first time. It's one of the many reasons we're so excited to welcome n+1 to the 29th Street family. We hope you love their new app as much as we do. And as always, we want to hear your thoughts.


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