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  • #: 114708
  • Price: $5.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2011-01-19
  • Current Version: 2.0
  • 2.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 4.80 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: McSweeney's
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © 2009-2011 McSweeney's
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Stories. Short films. Interviews. Comics. Readings. Bad advice. All delivered straight to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

No more lonely moments.

- Start now and receive: The current week's item; plus Raw Water, a story by Wells Tower -


Each week you’ll receive exclusive multimedia — stories, films, readings, interviews, art — plus new humor pieces from our website everyday. Each week you’ll receive exclusive multimedia — stories, films, readings, interviews, art — plus new humor pieces from our website every day. Your app purchase gets you six months of weekly Small Chair content, plus semi-eternal delivery of the website material, plus deluxe access to our classy ebook store. We’ll use Push Notifications to let you know each time a new piece is ready.

NOTE: You will be required to sign up for a free McSweeney’s Account to use this and future versions of the app.


Spike Jonze, Chris Ware, Judd Apatow, Jonathan Ames, Maurice Sendak, Miranda July, James Franco, Nicholson Baker, Wells Tower, Catherine Keener, Weird Al Yankovic, Francis Ford Coppola, a deep-sea spatulator, and much much more.


In our continuing efforts to extend a tentacle into every cranny of human experience, we proudly present the Small Chair, a weekly selection from all branches of the McSweeney’s family. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin. Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. None of this material will be available online and it’s all pretty sure to be good stuff.

The app also delivers the daily humor from ourInternet Tendency, specially formatted for your iOS device, along with news, updates, and announcements. This feature will remain active and free, even if your Small Chair subscription expires.

Finally, we offer a small library of handpicked ebooks, designed specifically for this platform, available as in-app purchases.

Allow the Small Chair to fill your moments of solitude, moments of togetherness, moments of intolerable boredom. Your app purchase includes the first six months of weekly excitement — a half-year of surprises, all delivered straight to your pocket.


McSweeney’s is an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. Our converted laundromat is home to the Quarterly (mostly short fiction), the Believer (monthly interviews, reviews, columns, and essays), Wholphin (DVD quarterly of short films by Miranda July, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne, and others), and books by authors including Nick Hornby, William Vollmann, and Michael Chabon.

Find out more and watch a screencast of the app at:


By McSweeney's.

What's New in Version 2.0

+ Support for iPad, Retina Display and multitasking,
+ Purchase full-length eBooks typeset specifically for your screen size,
+ Share Internet Tendency articles via Twitter, Facebook or email,
+ Push Notification sounds by Nick Thorburn of Islands and Mister Heavenly,
+ Synchronize purchases across devices with your McSweeney’s Account.

NOTE: You will be required to sign up for a free McSweeney’s Account to use this and future versions of the app.

If you are upgrading from version 1.x of the iPhone app, please register a new account by selecting the link from the welcome screen. Your existing subscriptions will be automatically added to your McSweeney’s Account and made available across your various digital devices.

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Rated 2/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


2/5 stars

Books don't 'get' the iPad

I'd much rather buy a book from a small place like McSweeney's, but it's extremely strange that they think it's good to do away with letting a person adjust the layout and font size of their ebook. That's one of the *benefits* of an ebook and I'm alarmed that McSweeney's would release a FAQ for a new ebook store and mention that as a con.

If I want to hold my iPad close or farther away, in other apps I can adjust the font size to accommodate my reading preferences (not to mention people with visual impairments who see ebooks as a godsend). And the online content actually does have the option to adjust fonts in the app, but downloadable content doesn't. I think the FAQ is just trying to save face for the app's technical/production-related compromises (sounds like the books are made with Adobe's awful tools that create flat images instead of live text).

I want to like this app and support McSweeney's for making it, but I hope they have something better planned for the near future.

0/5 stars

App update locked me out

WTF? I paid for this app and have 4 months left on my sub and suddenly I need an account...? I didn't sign up for them to have my email -- they changed the terms mid-subscription. Worse, there's no way to contact them directly. Instead you get sent to a support site where you get to write on a message board. F'ed up unnecessary and impersonal treatment from a small publisher. And the post-ironic cutesy bs is fine in the articles but really irritating when you're just trying to get answers.

5/5 stars

A very great thing.



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