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Innovative iPad App To Curate The World’s Best Short Stories
New York (PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Paragraph unveiled today Paragraph Shorts, an entirely new way to discover, read and share short stories. Paragraph Shorts offers iPad users a weekly selection of the world's best short stories in text, audio and video, coupled with stunning images from some of the world's most talented artists. Stories from master storytellers such as John Cheever, Donald Barthelme and Flannery O'Connor will appear alongside fresh voices like Etgar Keret, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and April Ayers Lawson to create a moveable feast for the eye, ear and mind.
"While the future of the book might be in question, the future of the story is not," said Ziv Navoth, founder and CEO of Paragraph. "The short story is the perfect antidote for today's stream of ephemeral, trivial updates. But finding a good story requires sifting through hundreds of different sources and unearthing the real gems. That's where Paragraph Shorts comes in."
The Paragraph Shorts Newsstand app is available now as a free download from the Apple App Store. With Facebook and Twitter integration and support for AirPrint and AirPlay, Paragraph Shorts will let story lovers read, listen and watch stories from some of the world's best literary publications, such as The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Moth, The Guardian and many more. Users can view the stories from their original web-page or switch to Read mode to experience stories in a clean, uncluttered format. Flipping the iPad to Landscape mode turns on Paragraph's social features—letting users receive real-time Twitter and Facebook updates from authors and the publications they appear in.
Paragraph Shorts introduces users to literary publications they may not be familiar with. Users will be able to "follow" their favorite publications and each time a story is shared via email, Twitter, or Facebook, it sends the recipient back to the source—increasing exposure and engagement for publishers.
"Paragraph Shorts couldn't have come at a better time," said Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review. "The digital revolution has made it easier than ever to read great fiction—if you know where to look. What's hard is to find the good stuff online, to make new discoveries, and to avoid the duds. By curating the best short stories, and offering them to people who might not have known they existed, Paragraph will create a link between great literary magazines and readers who are eager to kill fifteen minutes in a quality manner.”
The first two issues of Paragraph feature stories from Jonathan Franzen, Etgar Keret, Jennifer Egan and many more.
Paragraph Shorts is available for free on the Apple App Store.
Paragraph builds products and services that re-imagine the way people discover, tell and experience great stories. For more information on Paragraph, visit http://www.paragraph.me.
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