Social media is a fast moving business with thousands of links flashing before your very eyes. If you blink, sleep, or take a bathroom break, you could miss the next big story or meme – and which self-respecting Internet surfer wants that to happen to them? That’s why Reddit’s new free monthly downloadable PDF magazine is essential reading if you want to see what you’ve missed in the Reddit world.
From issue one, which was nothing more than a one page JPG picture (the Jon Stewart picture seen above), to the latest issue containing 70 pages, The Redditor has come a long way in the few short months it has been publishing. It hasn’t strictly come out every month so far (December 2011 and February 2012 are missing) but the rest of them since July 2011 are there (click on issues) and they make compelling reading. I’ve spent the last few nights in bed reading the back issues on my iPad and I haven’t read a boring one yet.
The unique brand of Reddit humour clearly shows right away on the front page with various fake headlines designed to make you LOL. A pity they are fake – wouldn’t it be great if the entire Calvin and Hobbes collection really was featured?
Each issue is split up into different sections, relating to that section on the Reddit website itself. So for example, there is an /askreddit section (with material from the site’s section of the same name), /AMA (Ask Me Anything), /Stories, and more. I particularly find the stories section interesting reading.
The magazine also profiles some of the more interesting photos that have graced the /pics pages recently.
What makes this magazine really special and worth looking at, is the fact that all Reddit users have the chance to submit material for the next issue of the magazine. The editorial team that puts the magazine together doesn’t solely decide what goes in. All Reddit members can have a say and submit something they think is worthy.
All you have to do to submit something is to be a Reddit member (easily done by signing up for a free account) and then subscribing to the Redditor subreddit. Then when the Redditor editorial team are ready for submissions for the next issue, the link will appear in the sidebar as well as in the subreddit itself for you to place your suggestions.
The magazine is best read and best appreciated on an iPad or other tablet device (although obviously any computer with a PDF reader will do). The Redditor has come up with a way for you to put a special icon on your iOS device, so you are only one click away from the latest version of the magazine. So lazy people rejoice! However, you have to do a little bit of preparation here – but not much. Don’t panic.
- Open your Safari browser, and type in tinyurl.com/iOSredditor
- A loading screen will pop up. You have three seconds before it launches the magazine (so be quick!). Quickly press the context menu button (the box at the top of the browser with the arrow), and select Add to Home Screen.
- If the icon loads, you’ve done it correctly.
- Go back to being a lazy slob and reading Reddit.
So next time you’re looking for something to read, and you want to see what’s currently good on the web, give The Redditor a try. Or even better, suggest something to the editorial team for their next issue. Putting the managing editor of MakeUseOf.com on the cover as Reddit Supermodel of The Year perhaps?
Do you think it makes sense for a website to expand into magazine publishing, albeit only in digital form? Or is it simply just copying what’s already on the website and therefore a waste of time to produce? Let us know in the comments what you think. I for one will sure continue to read it.
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