A new way to read the Monitor Weekly

Our new app is designed to give you smooth, dynamic, timely access to the Monitor Weekly. If you subscribe, please give it a try. If you don't yet subscribe, this is another reason to do so.

Photo illustration by Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

Here’s a trick anybody can do: Slip a sheaf of papers into a metal box in Anchorage, Alaska, or Oslo, Norway, and a few days later it will be in someone’s hands in Cape Town, South Africa, or Albuquerque, N.M.

OK, you’ll need a stamp, but what the postal service does is still something of a miracle. On foot, horseback, train, planes, and trucks, postal carriers have faithfully delivered the news around the world since the days of Cyrus the Great. Herodotus marveled about how undeterred these couriers were by snow, rain, heat, or darkness.

Paper needs to be hand-delivered. Information doesn’t, not in the Digital Age. And a news magazine is information.

Wait. I know what you’re thinking. The next sentence isn’t going to announce that the Monitor is leaving print behind. We’re committed to print. But we have a request: Take a look at our new Monitor Weekly digital edition. It’s free to Monitor print subscribers, it takes full advantage of digital delivery, and – yes, I’ll say it – it is faster and richer and more economical to produce than the print version.

If you have a tablet (an iPad running iOS 6 or later or an Android device running OS 4 or later), you can download an app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. No tablet? Go to
 CSMonitor.com/CSMApp, click “manage your account,” fill in the subscriber form, and then click on “current issue.” That’s not as smooth an experience as on an app, but it is still timely and accessible wherever you are. And here’s what the new app features:

•Fast access. At 5 a.m. on the Wednesday before the cover date (for the Sept. 30 issue, that would mean Sept. 25) a new Monitor Weekly is ready to read. That makes the publication more timely and more consistently available than if it arrived via mail. It makes the magazine available at the same time everywhere in the world.

•A new feature called The Daily Feed that keeps you updated on important Monitor news and features. This lets you read the weekly while staying in touch with current events.

•New navigation that gives you tips on browsing, shows you where you are in the magazine, lets you view pages and photos (much more vivid when backlighted) in portrait and landscape aspects, and makes it easier to move among sections and articles.

You can also bookmark articles, check out slide shows and movie trailers, follow links from our book reviews to buy a book, and e-mail a letter to the editor. And archives to past issues are only a tap away. We think this is a superior reading experience with enhancements that can’t be provided in print. 

Whether you prefer the print or digital edition, you are supporting The Christian Science Monitor, with its unique mission to report clearly and compassionately on humanity’s sometimes difficult, often inspiring quest for freedom.

So, while we stand behind the print version of the Monitor Weekly, we hope you’ll agree that our digital app is a lively, timely, versatile way to read the Monitor Weekly. Wherever you are in the world, you can use the Monitor to stay current and go far. 

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.