A print subscription to One Story, the literary magazine that features a single original story every three weeks, used to mean receiving a tangible sweet little bundle of prose by mail. You could bend it into your pocket, write notes on it, pass it along easily to a friend. Today the ever-clever publishers of One Story have announced a One Story app ($1.99 per month or $15.99 per year). The first One Story made for iPads is “Nephilim” by L. Annette Binder. It involves a baby named Freda who weighed eighteen pounds when she was born. At ten, she was taller than her father. Yet she still fits in the app.
The One Story app was developed by 29th Street Publishing – the company that also delivers: “The Awl: Weekend Companion” and “V as in Victor” – journalist Bill Vourvoulias’ weekly musings on sports and Latinos. 29th Street acknowledges that it’s an early stroller down the long road towards figuring out how modern magazines should look and work on mobile devices, but they’re walking pretty fast. They might soon be as big as Freda!