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Longform app review: a magnificent reader for your iPad

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Introduction

If you're a truly serious reader who enjoys reading comprehensive, investigative, and detailed journalistic articles that are more than just a few hundred words of click-baits, then Longform is one app that you should definitely consider purchasing for your iPad.

Endorsed by The New York Times, TechCrunch, MacStories, and Booksprung, this app will definitely restore your faith in journalism as an art form. Articles on this app are curated by editors of Longform.org and assimilated into a reader which is as easy on the eyes as it is functional.

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Longform: A Smart Reader

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A Variety of News Sources

Longform can be purchased from the News section of the App Store for a mere $2.99 and it is so lightweight that it only takes up 3.3 MB of space on your iPad.

You'll find some of the most interesting and immersive content on the web provided to you in a single place, curated from the likes of The New Yorker, Wired, GQ, The Awl, and many more, so this is essentially going to be the only news app you'll need for magazines.

The best part is that users don't need to go looking for articles across the web. They will receive news articles delivered to the iPad while they are connected to the internet.

So whether you're commuting, traveling, or at a nature retreat, you will be able to catch up on the best features from over 50 periodicals.

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Beautiful interface
Beautiful interface

Remarkable Readability

Users can choose between two views: either the original web page, or the reading-optimized view known as Readability. The latter consists only of the text and images without the links and other fluff from the original web pages of the articles.

You can also bookmark your favorite articles and pull them up at your convenience either on this app or from Instapaper or Pocket.

Article layout
Article layout

Longform: A Smart Reader

Free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • News features from more than 50 periodicals
  • Hand-picked articles from the editors over at Longform.org
  • Optimized for iOS 6 and iPad Mini
  • Articles can be accessed offline, perfect for commutes and other occasions when an internet connection is unavailable
  • Bookmark articles
  • Instapaper and Pocket support

Cons

  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

Customizable reading experience
Customizable reading experience

Final Words

Every once in a while, an app comes along which is so beautifully conceived and executed that it proves to be a game-changer. Longform is one of them, and if you are the kind of person who enjoys reading articles in long form, then this app is a must-have on your iPad.

 

Longform: A Smart Reader

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Neha Sinha

Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.