, a site that publishes longform stories about science and technology, launched today. The site, which will publish one story per month, is open to people who sign up as members
. For 99 cents, they’ll get access to monthly stories, along with ebook and audiobook versions of the story.
Members are also invited to online question and answer sessions with the site’s editors and writers to find out more about the reporting that went into each story.
The site launched with a story about Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which affects people who want to remove some part of their bodies -- often a limb or two. Anil Ananthaswamy
profiled a man who has the disease and accompanied him when he got his leg amputated in Asia. The 7,700-word story explains a complicated disorder through the eyes of someone who suffers from it.
“This story was put together by great people who worked hard and went the extra mile to do a level of reporting you don't find in too many places," Matter Co-Founder Bobbie Johnson said via email.
But will people be willing to pay for it?