An impressive new website from Byliner brings together thousands of long-form journalism stories all in one place
The Byliner made a big splash when it debuted in April with a Jon Krakauer-penned takedown of media darling Greg Mortensen and his schoolbuilding organization in Afghanistan. The 25,000 word story blasted to the top of the Kindle Singles charts in just six hours, and the site's been off and running ever since.
Today, the full Byliner site launched and it's impressive. Along with the "Byliner Originals," the company has compiled a list of what thousands of long-form journalism stories. If you like magazine features, you will absolutely love paging through the site. (And the homegrown long-form curators Longreads and Longform.org must be swallowing hard and preparing to spend a few more hours in the office.)
In any case, we were curious which magazines the Byliner focused on, not least because our own magazine has published its fair share of excellent long stories. So, Nick Jackson and I went through and compiled a list. Here's how we made the pie chart: We looked at the total number of pages of stories on the site, which was 790, and then looked at how many pages each individual magazine had. Each page holds 10 stories: There are roughly 1,460 New Yorker and 380 Outside stories on the site, for example. We might have missed a couple publications and or given a few more stories to these pubs. But this is a very close approximation of Byliner's current holdings.