The short story of Longreads, according to founder Mark Armstrong

Longreads is a virtual startup with five part-timers and funded primarily by members. And it has quietly energized the demand for in-depth storytelling on the web, thanks (ironically) to the rise of tablets and smartphones, those weapons of mass distraction.

Longreads offers some exclusive content to paying members

Longform journalism site Longreads is giving paying members exclusive access to long-form content that is not available elsewhere on the web. The first selection is a chapter from Charles Duhigg’s bestselling book “The Power of Habit.”

The Browser: Intelligent curation is serious business

Henry Lane Fox, the chief executive of The Browser, doesn’t like the term “curation.” But he’s staking his reputation on precisely that, by building a high-end, human-powered engine for linking to the best and most intelligent writing online.