The Longreads Membership: What You’re Paying For, and Why We’re Doing It

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By now you’ve probably seen our Longreads Member Picks—a mix of outstanding magazine stories, book chapters and more from the best writers and publishers in the world.

You may have already subscribed to Longreads—and if you have, thank you. Your financial support is what allows us to keep Longreads running every day, offering great recommendations and supporting this growing community (for more than four years now).

Longreads is committed to building an independent platform that helps readers find something wonderful to read, and helps writers and publishers to reach a broader audience.

We also realized that simply promoting a story doesn’t change the economics of writing and reporting. It costs a lot of money to fund that work, so we wanted to create a way for the Longreads community to help pay writers and publishers. That’s what the Longreads Membership does.

So when you subscribe to Longreads, you 1.) help us (the editors) maintain our daily service, 2.) receive a stream of stories, served up every week in email and ebook formats, and 3.) help pay the writers and publishers who are featured as Member picks.

If you are a book or magazine publisher, or a self-published author, we’re paying to license rights to new and classic magazine stories and book excerpts. If you have a story that you’d like to share with this community, email me at mark@longreads.com

Thanks everyone for your support.

Join Longreads and help us keep growing.

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The staff of Longreads.