Just Read It: Magazine Publishers Push Minimalist Apps Without Fluff

Faced with floods of online content, readers open magazine apps for a cohesive, relaxed reading experience — only to cope with massive file downloads and confusing, complex interfaces.

A new batch of magazine publishers wants to move in a different direction. Drawing on the concept of “subcompact publishing,” recently articulated by Craig Mod, and often mentioning Marco Arment’s The Magazine as inspiration, these publishers are creating minimalist magazine apps that do just enough — and no more — to provide a focused, deep, quality reading experience.

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