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Longform: A Smart Reader

By Longform

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Find yourself wasting time on your phone instead of reading? Longform is the only 100% free app that filters out the internet junk and delivers nothing but smart, in-depth articles.

• Follow writers and get notified when they publish anywhere
• Follow magazines and get only their new feature articles
• Read recommendations from your friends
• Every article available offline
• Daily curated picks from the staff of

Follow any writer and you’ll get notified they next time they publish an article anywhere on the web—this service is only available from Longform.

Explore a catalog of over 1,000 of the best publishers on the web—everything from major magazines to independent blogs. Each new feature article is delivered to your feed.

Search our archive of over 200,000 articles. Imagine Wikipedia, except authored by the best writers past and present.

Our editors scour the web to find the best new articles, so you don’t have to.

Read your friends’ favorite articles and easily share your own.

Every article you see in Longform is automatically available offline and the app updates in the background, so even if you're on a plane, you'll always have plenty of great reading waiting for you.

Save articles you don't want to forget to read, or send them to Pocket, Instapaper or Readability.

What's New in Version 2.1.2

This build should address issues for users whose apps were not updating regularly.

Loads and loads of bug fixes, including safeguards against crash loop bugs in the future.

-Fixes bug where articles from the future would load blocking updates at the top of the Feed.
-Added database reset on next launch if the app crashes within 10 seconds after launch.
-Articles would not retain their reading position when leaving and quickly coming back to one while on a slower network connection.
-"Recommend" button would be shown on top of the text in the read view when returning to articles after reading most of the text.
-Removed 2-second delay between opening a feed view and refreshing it from the top.
-Links would not respond to single taps after long-pressing on a link in the read view.
-Recommend button no longer disappears after tapping it and scrolling in the read view.
-Missing follow buttons on list views.
-Removed minimum article requirements from carousels in Explore tab.
-Reading history would not be saved when the user was offline.


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Customer Reviews

Amazing app. Totally worth it

If you love reading articles, or even just dabble with reading articles, enjoying the occasional good read; this is the app for you. For the die hard readers this app is a must. For the dabbler, this app will help you find extremely entertaining and well written articles that is sure to spark your interest, and keep you reading. This is a must download. Trust me.

This app combined with the apps "pocket" and "flipboard" have become my go to apps, and changed my reading habits. I'm reading more than ever, and they help me stay informed and help pique my interest in a wide range of topics. Smarter because of this app.

Magazine quality articles!

This app is where you can read magazine quality articles from hundred of sources. Most of the articles are long, well-written and very informative. However, there is one flaw that really annoy me all the time. Sometimes I unintentionally swiped left (close the article) or right (change to Read mode), I swiped back and lost the section that I was reading. Therefore I had to scroll down a really long article to find the exact section where I left. I suggest that you guys should add a function like "auto bookmarking", it will remember where I left and return to exact paragraph when I open the article again.

Major problems

I love the idea of this app...great choice of articles and writers, that's for sure. But, a major issue I have with it is, you cannot come back to an article that you're in the middle of reading, at least not if you've been gone awhile. It takes you back to your list of magazines! I usually can't remember which magazine I got the article out of...annoying!! It also takes to get new articles. So, unless I'm feeling very patient or have lots of time on my hands to go searching for an article I was previously reading, I find myself not using this app as much as I would like. 5 stars if/when they fix these issues.

Longform: A Smart Reader
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Size: 13.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Basque, Bokmål, Norwegian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.

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