About Longreads

Longreads, founded in 2009, is dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world, including both nonfiction and fiction. In April 2014 we joined the Automattic / WordPress.com family.

Longreads are defined as anything over 1,500 words. They’re stories that are best enjoyed away from your desk — whether it’s on a daily commute, an airplane, a subway, or your couch. 

Longreads features stories from the best writers and publishers, as well as exclusive stories never before published online. 


Share your favorites with the #longreads community by tagging your tweets with #longreads. Search the Longreads archive for thousands of timeless stories curated by the editors.


Share your best stories by tagging them on Twitter (#longreads). Drop us a note if you would like to collaborate: hello@longreads.com


Longreads in the News

New York Times: Long-Form Journalism Finds an Online Friend

Lifehacker: “Longreads is chock full of good stuff”

AOL/Switched: “Armstrong has effectively managed to construct a massive tweet database, without sacrificing any of the streamlined brevity that makes his Twitter feed so ironically appealing.”

New York Observer: How Longreads Started

TechCrunch: The Perfect Content Companion for iPad + Instapaper, Longreads Get a Website

Longreads Featured in New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix

The Guardian Feature on the Revival of Long Stories

Poynter.org on How Technology Is Renewing Attention to Long-Form Journalism

Nieman Storyboard: Interview with Mark Armstrong