The Digital Reader is Now Listed in Apple News

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.

The Digital Reader is Now Listed in Apple News Aggregators Apple

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.

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

14 Comments

  1. MAF30 January, 2016

    Bravo

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  2. Glinda Harrison30 January, 2016

    Congrats, Nate!

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 January, 2016

      Thanks, Glinda and MAF!

      Reply
  3. Mackay Bell30 January, 2016

    Congrats Nate. I found it easily in iOS and signed up.

    Looks good, except, on my account when you click on it you go to the main page, which has all the articles listed. But when you click on the Tech, Gadgets and Morning Coffee sub titles it goes to a blank page that says “No Stories.” I don’t know if that’s an error, or it needs time to load those categories, but I thought I’d let you know.

    Whatever one thinks of Apple, and who knows where it is going with the News app, its major player so it’s great to have your site there!

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 January, 2016

      I don’t think those will be populated until I write something new.

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  4. JOhn Rokos30 January, 2016

    I just wanted to highlight that “The Digital Reader” has been in the Mosaiscope store for nearly 3 months now (since the day we launched). Mosaiscope is definitely the new-comer on the RSS news aggregation and reading scene, but one of the unique things we have is a store that links to all the great content that gets added to it (non-family friendly items excluded, of course).

    I’m the founder of the app & company, and a longtime fan of The Digital Reader (even when the name was different for a little while;), and personally subscribe to the RSS feed (thus it has been in the store since day 1).

    Apple is one hell of a company to go up against, and believe me when I tell you that I almost threw up when I watched their keynote last year when they, to everyone’s surprise I think, announced Apple News and we were already several months into development on Mosaiscope. I think we have a lot of unique items that set us apart so I’m better now, but definitely still have an eye on them.

    Keep up the great work Nate and I’ll probably email you directly, and maybe even tweet about this as well, and hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk soon. This site is one of my favorites.

    Until soon,
    JOhn Rokos
    mosaiscope.com

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  5. Lindsay30 January, 2016

    Congrats, Nate!

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 January, 2016

      Thanks!

      Reply
  6. R30 January, 2016

    Congrats, Nate! I like the articles of you site.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder30 January, 2016

      Thanks, R!

      I’m not so happy about the formatting. It started out looking nice, but now it is getting a little ugly.

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  7. Kat Brooks31 January, 2016

    Congratulations, Nate! You deserve it.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder31 January, 2016

      Thanks, Kat!

      Reply
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