People used to view technology as a threat to longform journalism. But in the past year, tools like Read it Later, Instapaper and The Atavist have helped change that mentality by making it easier to find, save and share longform stories online. Longform.org and Longreads.com, which curate longform stories for online reading, have also helped.
These tools and sites are valuable resources, but they’re largely geared toward readers, not writers.
Byliner, which launched the full version of its site this morning, is different. It’s a publishing company and a social network that’s aimed at both writers and readers. The name Byliner suggests as much; it’s less about the product (longform) or reading experience (long reads), and more about the writer behind the product.
Filling the gap between magazines & books
CEO and Founder John Tayman thought of the idea for Byliner a few years ago after finishing his book “The Colony.” When deciding whether to start another book or write magazine stories, he began exploring the space between magazines and books. Read more