It took far longer than I would have liked, but today I am pleased to report that this blog is available through the Apple News app.
All seventeen active Apple News users can now add The Digital Reader to their favorites list and stay abreast of the latest digital publishing news.
I’m not showing up in the search yet, but you can follow this blog by clicking this link (it only works on your iDevice).
If you have any questions, including about technical details, just ask in the comments.
I’ve been exploring the features for the past few hours and so far everything looks pretty good, but I can’t take any credit. I’m not sure why my blog looks better in Apple News than my competition, or Talking New Media, for example.
I don’t actually have very many options behind the scenes; I can set my logo and give Apple various RSS feeds for the categories, but everything else (including all the formatting) is handled automatically. I don’t even have any traffic stats.
A select few big name web publishers like TechCrunch and The Atlantic have extra options including custom formatting for posts, special branding, and adverts, but Apple isn’t making those features available to the hoi polloi. And most sites are cool with that; in fact, some of the blogs I follow, like Liliputing and Techdirt (to name a couple examples), aren’t even in Apple News.