Hardbound Writer's Program

YC for writers: experiment in a new media format

#4 Product of the DayApril 25, 2016

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Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
Hey friends! We're very pumped to announce this. In case you don't know what Hardbound is, we're a new way to tell stories that's designed for phones. Our testflight beta is completely full, but you can read one of our stories on the web here: https://www.hardbound.co/read/em... If you want to experiment telling stories in this format, we've got just the thing for you! We'd be honored if you wanted to apply :)
Kartik Parija@kartikparija · Cofounder @AdoriLabs, Reimagining Audio
@nbashaw Very cool. Love the stories in beta. I struggle to hit publish on my posts from the Drafts section in Medium, but would love to try this.
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@kartikparija Awesome, thank you!
Elizeya Quate@elizeyaquate · Edmund Zagorin, Ops Manager, ProductBio
@nbashaw This is great Nathan! Succinct explanation, love the comix / graphic flow feel of it. It actually seems like potentially a cool way to produce educational materials, too :D
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@elizeyaquate Thanks! We definitely agree, we'd love to see more of that on Hardbound
Ernie Smith@shortformernie · Editor, Tedium; journalist
@nbashaw I have a newsletter I do that might be a good fit for this, over at http://tedium.co. Look forward to digging in.
Simon Bromberg@shimmb · Technical Lead @DashMD , sbromberg.com
@nbashaw Really cool. Wish you could sign up by email instead of signing up by phone. Will download the app when it's available. Would be nice if there was a way to jump to specific points in the story, in case you lose your place or want to go back. I just added the webpage to my iPhone home screen for now.
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
Reading / education are often considered to be a positive activity that requires either willpower or good habits. Conversely, "entertainment" is a negative activity that should be done in moderation. Personally, I've always felt there was a huge opportunity to blur those lines. I've really enjoy Hardbound and look forward to reading more of the stories on there.
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@eawharton Thank you!! 100% agree. Reminds me of a quote I just learned about today: https://twitter.com/nbashaw/stat...
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
@nbashaw - Love that quote.it always bothered me that history is often boring to learn about. The definition of history is basically something that was once important and fascinating to humans. There could be a big opportunity there.
Lachlan Campbell@lachlanjc · Code, apps, design, high school.
Hardbound is totally epic. Great job @nbashaw and hope this goes 💫!
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@lachlanjc Thank you Lachlan! *You* are totally epic ;)
Baily Hancock@bailyhancock · Writer/Speaker/Partnerships Manager
I've really enjoyed all of the stories I've read on Hardbound, it's almost like reading a children's book for adults. There are short, quick bits of text alongside great visuals, which makes reading far more enjoyable than I would have thought possible on a phone. Great work as always @nbashaw!
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@bailyhancock Thank you, Baily!
Mario Gabriele@mdagabriele · Willo
This is awesome. So excited.
Nathan Bashaw
Maker
@nbashaw · Co-founder and CEO of Hardbound
@mdagabriele 🙌🏼