And of course he was right. People rushed to save longform nonfiction, newspapers still exist, and phones—not dedicated reading devices—have seemingly won readers' hearts. Though many mobile sites still have a long way to go until they make sense, this ubiquitous reading has been a good thing. Online magazines, which once seemed so...amateur...are now producing some of the most innovative work in the genre. That's what I'm talking about today: my two favorite online mags. (Well, aside from the one I edited for a while.)
Aeon. A multimedia mag that I can't get enough of. They're asking such cool questions (why does sadness make better art than happiness?) and tackling subjects nobody else is getting at (why we need darkness). It's a magazine that approaches the cool parts of philosophy and art, but without all the self-important jargon of the field. The stuff you never knew you wondered about. On a larger scale, The Atlantic makes these moves, and I love their stories too, but it's particularly exciting when a new player comes onto the field. Their film arm is doing some gorgeous work too.
Nautilus. Beautiful, scientifically inclined stories. A new themed issue each month, encased in the right kind of images and design effects. They'll make you care about cosine functions among other technical conundrums. I'm a little disappointed that they're heading toward subscription-style access, but even so, the articles they do make available are well worth a read.