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Magazine: The special Blushing issue

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The special Blushing issue (vol. 19, no. 2) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out!

Articles include “Blushing in the Dark: First Experimental Proof“, “Blushing Research Review”, “Blushing in the Dark: First Experimental Proof”, and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Medical Research Review“, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is Hard”, and other outstandingly improbable research snippets from many fields and countries.

Mel (right) says it’s swell.

Click on the Mel’s face to see the table of contents, buy the e-book version (first download a free preview of it, if you like!), or subscribe to the paper version.

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Magazine: the special Sloths & Vampires issue

Monday, February 25th, 2013

The special Sloths & Vampires issue (vol. 19, no. 1) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out!

Articles include “The Eager Pursuit of Sloths”, “Co-Existence of Vampires and Humans Is Possible: Proofs Based on Models Derived from Fiction Literature, Comic Books and Films”, “As the Worm Turns, Or Doesn’t”, and more, more, more, including new helping of “Medical Research Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is Hard”, and other reviews of outstandingly improbable research from many fields and countries.

Mel (right) says it’s swell.

Click on the Mel’s face to see the table of contents, buy the e-book version (first download a free preview of it, if you like!), or subscribe to the paper version.

Magazine: the special Ig Nobel issue

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The special Ig Nobel issue (vol. 18, no. 6) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out!

It’s got lots and lots and lots of detail (especially pictures) about the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony: the winners, the acceptance speeches, the 24/7 Lectures, the full libretto to the new opera, and more, more, more.

Mel (right) says it’s swell.

Click on the Mel’s face to see the table of contents, buy the e-book version, or subscribe to the paper version.

Announcing the e-book version of the Annals of Improbable Research

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

We are now publishing each issue of our magazine — the Annals of Improbable Research — as an e-book, as well as on paper. We think our little invention is a big deal for anyone who publishes magazines — and for anyone who reads them.

We invite you to download a free e-book issue of the Annals of Improbable Research! If you like it, there are lots more back issues.

Until now, no —not any!— magazines have been available as standard e-books. That’s a big problem. We invented a simple way to solve that problem. Below, I  explain (A) the problem; and (B) how we solved it.

The Problem: Magazines are not available as e-books

For most nicely formatted publications — hello, magazines! — e-book versions have until now been impractical-to-impossible. Yes, some magazines are available in digital form — but, as far as we are aware:

  1. You can read those magazines only by using a special app — each magazine needs its own special app.
  2. You can read them on only a few, particular devices.
  3. They are uncomfortable-to-intolerable to read on a tiny screen (such as a mobile phone).

What We Invented: How to make a magazine into a standard e-book (for tiny & big screens)

We wanted to make our magazine issues into standard e-books comfortable to read on a tiny screen (such as a mobile phone), as well as on a big screen. If you have ever tried to read a nicely formatted document (a PDF, for example) on a mobile phone, you know that it’s excruciatingly awkward to navigate your way through a page.

That’s why we invented a special format. Each of our e-books contains TWO copies of the magazine, each with the same content. The first copy is formatted in a simple, small-screen-friendly way. The second copy shows the same issue of the magazine, but formatted in full glory, exactly as it appears in the print edition.

This two-in-one format is just a wee, little innovation. But it solves the problem of how to make a magazine (or any publication that has a complex layout) that people can get and read as a standard e-book.

Using this format, we can take an issue of our magazine, and produce an e-book version that’s available on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble and elsewhere. This e-book version is comfortable to read on any device that handles standard e-books — comfy on tiny screens and big screens.

Whodunnit

Here at Improbable Research, Lauren Maurer did most of the hard, careful, often-frustrating work of turning the concept into the actual e-books. Geri Sullivan contributed a helping of her famous design expertise and wisdom.

Many people helped us, especially in learning about many of the undocumented quirks of the Kindle, the Nook, and other e-book readers, and finding many equally-bedeviling quirks of the various online e-bookstores. I’d like to mention a special few individuals who knowledgably, kindly, patiently helped in a big way: Ben Biggs, David Foulser at Google; Ros Reid at Harvard SEAS; and Sara Montgomery and Nick Sidwell at The Guardian.

Please Spread the Word

There’s a tremendous amount of published, richly-formatted material — magazines and lots more — that until now has been un-offerable and unobtainable in a comfortable digital form. Please help us spread the word to other publishers that they, too, can make make their magazines (and whatnot) into e-books.

Magazine: “Alcohol Consumption” issue

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The special Alcohol Consumption issue (vol. 18, no. 5) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now online.

It’s got lots about Studying Studies About Drinking, and Zigzag Innovation at Zagazig University, and Measuring the Wobble of Drunks—and much more.

The pleasing-paper version was mailed to subscribers a short while ago. Click on the magazine cover (below) to download a free PDF, or buy a high-quality PDF. Or subscribe to the paper version. Mel (right) says it’s swell.