2017 has been notoriously difficult for digital publishers, and the year has claimed a new victim: Great Jones Street, an app-based fiction magazine that curated a ton of great stories that spanned genres. In a post on Facebook, the app’s publisher, Kelly Abbott says that he will shut the publication down at the end of the year, saying that he ultimately “failed to convince enough readers to support it.”
Abbott launched Great Jones Street in 2016, laying out a simple mission: “we want to introduce you to great stories and great writers.” The publication used a slick app and impeccable design for its stories. Its focus was on stories that could be read in just a couple of minutes, while you waited in line at the grocery store or post office, as a way to get more fiction into people’s lives. The app was initially free, and later introduced a meager subscription plan: $1 a month, with some stories unlocked for those looking to peruse.
What made the publication stand out was not only its range of genres (you could find everything from fantasy and science fiction to romance and erotica, to literary and mystery on the app), but the quality of the stories authors, such as Ken Liu, Charlie Jane Anders, and many others.
While Great Jones Street recently forged a partnership with Medium to help distribute its content, Abbott notes that the app never reached the “level of subscribers needed to sustain even our basic levels of operational costs,” and he’s decided to shutter the publication. The publication will shut down on December 31st, and the app will be taken offline. It’s a shame, not only because the app presented a superior reading experience, its range of authors and genres meant that there was always something interesting to discover. At least a couple of days to check out some of its fantastic stories before the end of the year.