Hardbound

☀☀ Hardbound is designed to teach you something new each week. This free app publishes a short, visually heavy feature story every Thursday, then sends a link to your phone. You can text back and the writer will respond to your message (theoretically: I didn’t get a response). Its reviews appear inflated. The app has promise, especially for feature journalists looking to find story ideas. But there isn’t much content. In the fall of 2016 I could only find eight stories; the other 17 are behind a recurring monthly paywall. — Chris McCrory

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