Official Business — November 15, 2013, 11:53 am

Harper’s Magazine Now Available for iOS (and Soon for Android!)

Introducing the Harper’s app

iPad December 2013 screen capDear Readers,

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a Harper’s Magazine app for iOS, and the imminent launch of an app for Android. Henceforth, print subscribers will be able to read Harper’s on their tablets and smartphones free of charge, while other readers around the world will be able to subscribe and purchase single issues directly on their devices.

iPhone December 2013 screen capWe developed our app in partnership with 29th Street Publishing, which has built and published apps for Poetry, ProPublica, The Awl, and many others. Their publishing system makes it relatively simple for us to publish a mobile-friendly magazine that honors the simple, elegant design of the print edition of Harper’s while enhancing other aspects of the magazine, like our award-winning photography.

The challenges of rebuilding in HTML a magazine designed for print are many, and we owe thanks and congratulations to the team at 29th Street, and especially to Natalie Podrazik, Nozlee Samadzadeh, Tim Moore, and David Jacobs, who did much of the hands-on development. We’ll be working with them in the coming months to improve the app’s design and add new features, and to make your experience moving between the print and app editions and the 163-year archive on as seamless as possible.

WelcomeIn the short term, we hope you’ll draw our attention to any bugs you encounter, whether in the comments below or by emailing us at In the long term, we’re considering ideas like customized versions of features like the Annotation, delivery of the Harper’s Weekly Review via the app, and interfaces for the searchable Harper’s Index and Findings. If you have other thoughts, please get in touch.

To learn more about the app, including subscription options and (soon-to-be) frequently asked questions, please visit To download it for iOS, please visit the iTunes store.

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  • jacobk

    Awesome! So exciting. :)

  • Anamuddin Farooqi

    Really stoked. Now waiting for the Kindle App. — C’mon, you’re a magazine geared towards readers!

  • johnnyb

    App is great (finally ;)) but loading issues is *terribly* slow…

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Sorry about that — we’re working on this. We decreased the size of the issue by about 25 percent this afternoon, and are working to adjust our server settings to meet the demand.

  • msangerman

    I mentioned earlier that I had no problem with the app. I spoke too soon – I was able to link my acct with the app but am not able to download an issue. Looking forward to being able to use the app.

  • Ethan

    Looking forward to the android edition!

  • Dario

    This announcement is making me seriously consider buying an iPad. But the question after would be, would it be useful for anything other than reading Harpers?

  • Marshall

    Android users, I’ve been comfortably reading the latest issues and back issues on my tablet by using the standard chrome browser, logging into, and opening up the MICROFICHE version of each issue. I have a super-light, 10.1″ Sony Xperia tablet that I love–with its big screen and light weight–I’m happy. Granted, pressing the “Next” button isn’t the same as a finger swipe or page turn, but it’s a small price to pay to reduce the pile of Harper’s next to my bed to the thickness of a pencil. Oh, and the text and visuals are gorgeous (close-up or zoomed-out)–of course, this isn’t shown on the camera-phone photo I included.

  • Thomas Rike

    I have been looking forward to getting this app all year and am pleased that it is now available. Why isn’t the cryptic crossword available?

    • Harper’s Magazine

      We may at some point try to build an interactive module for it, but the only way for us to put it into the app at this juncture was to make it a static image, which we didn’t think we would be useful enough to puzzle fans to justify increasing the size of the download.

      • Thomas Rike

        You might think about putting the solution to the previous month’s crossword at the end of an article for easy access in the tablet.

        • Harper’s Magazine

          Good point. We’ll definitely consider it.



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