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Hardbound - Stories for curious minds

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“I love Hardbound. They are pushing the boundaries of mobile-based storytelling.”
Ev Williams, Founder of Twitter & Medium

Hardbound is a new, unique format of storytelling that's visual, interactive and designed for mobile.Every weekday, we create a new illustrated story that teaches you something fascinating about the world. Each story takes about 5 minutes to read.

There are currently two channels in Hardbound:

1. Hardbound Weekly - Original stories that make you smarter, covering history, science, technology, busines, and more.

2. The Nightcap - A neat, visual summary of the day's most important news. A new edition comes out Monday-Thursday every night at 8pm.

Reading new stories on Hardbound are always free, but you can become a Patron, and you'll get access to our entire back catalogue of stories, and a monthly Patrons-only update.

Hardbound Patron subscriptions are optional, and Patron features are available via an auto-renewing subscription:
- $1.99 per month (Small)
- $4.99 per month (Medium)
- $19.99 per month (Large)

Full subscription details:
Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.

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What's New in Version 2.0.1

Everything below plus two quick bug fixes:
- Fixed a bug with out tap hints not working.
- Push notifications in the Settings screen are working as they should be!

What's new in version 2.0.0:
- New channel: The Nightcap! Every Monday-Thursday at 8pm eastern, you'll get a quick, visual summary of the day's most important news.
- We redesigned the main navigation, try swiping ;)
- Push notifications are a go! You get to choose what gets notified.
- You can turn SMS notifications off in the settings menu.
- Bug fixes and more!

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Customer Reviews

Has potential

This definitely could be a "Snapchat of news". Some downfalls though, is there is not enough content. A user would open this for maybe 2 minutes a day because they only have daily news (which is 3 stories) and a weekly content (which is barely enough imo). Maybe they can have a select group make content. Another concern is the news they provide could be skewed on the liberal/conservative side. For example a story implies Russia hacked USA's elections but doesn't state there's no direct evidence. But this app has the potential to give news in a concise and captivating way for busy bodies. One more picky thing is it would be easier to go back and forth between pages by tapping on the left or right side of the screen instead of swiping right to go back, like Snapchat.

Has potential

I just don't agree with the monthly charges not when we have Flipboard...guys get paid from selling ad space to companies so that you can continue with this new innovation...this concept is too new to be charging customers from the start. Love where y'all going unfortunately I have to get you off my phone to release space...I hope to remember to check you guys out later @ some point in time.

Fun, easy, and simple

The hardbound app has engaging stories and is simple to use. I would certainly recommends it for anyone who is curious about things like how sushi became a thing, why feedback is so powerful, or how humans learned to edit life.

Hardbound - Stories for curious minds
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Size: 11.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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