O how shall summer\u2019s honey breath hold out\n\tAgainst the wrackful siege of batt\u2019ring days,\n\tWhen rocks impregnable are not so stout,\n\tNor gates of steel so strong but time decays?\n\t\u00a0\u2013Shakespeare\n\tI\u2019ve been a huge fan of The New Yorker since David Remnick took the helm in 1998. It\u2019s a great read. Yet avid readers know well the guilt that comes with the magazine: Many stories \u2013 nay, entire issues \u2013 go unread. It takes a long time to get through a single feature story.\n\tWho\u2019s got the time?\n\tLike everyone else, I\u2019ve got deadlines looming, coffee brewing, hours passing, the day is done. The New Yorker may not make it out of my backpack for a week. Sometimes I forget it\u2019s even there. When I whip out an issue and find the place where I left off, usually a folded page, the entire act feels like a commitment that will tie me down for an hour.\n\tEnter the iPad, stage left.\n\tThe iPad has been dubbed the savior of magazines, and is promising to bring The New Yorker closer to my work day. I could fire up the app, quickly get to the right page, and start reading on my 30-minute train commute or lunch hour or 15-minute break. If I got an important email or instant message, I could deal with it right there on my iPad.\n\tOf course, it took publisher Conde Nast forever to put The New Yorker on the iPad. When it finally arrived, the digital transformation was magical, with added features like sound bites, video and interactive images. Scrolling through feature-length stories in vertical view on the iPad was far better than flipping through printed pages.\n\tI rated The New Yorker high on my list of 10 popular iPad magazines.\n\tWith The New Yorker iPad version, I\u2019ve been reading a lot more stories \u2013 but not all of them. Part of the problem is that I don\u2019t always foresee snippets of downtime; they occur randomly throughout the day. I also don\u2019t have the iPad with me at all times.\n\tEnter the iPhone, stage right.\n\tConde Nast just delivered The New Yorker on the iPhone newsstand. This week\u2019s issue is free, so iPhone owners can test it out. The iPhone version weighs in at a paltry 23 MB, compared to a 100 MB-plus iPad version. (AllThingsD\u2019s Peter Kafka says Conde Nast and Adobe \u201chave finally figured out how to handle paginated HTML.\u201d)\n\tAccess is free to print subscribers, or you can buy a digital subscription or single issues. If you already subscribe to The New Yorker on the iPad, you get the iPhone version free of charge. It\u2019s much simpler than the New York Times and its convoluted pricing scheme. I have a monthly subscription to the New York Times on the iPad that doesn\u2019t include access to the iPhone version, which is ridiculous.\n\tI haven\u2019t spent a lot of time with The New Yorker iPhone version, although first-impressions are pretty good. It\u2019s easy to read 105 iPhone screen-size pages of Atul Gawande\u2019s "Big Med," although I prefer reading on the iPad. Then again, it could be easy simply because I love Gawande\u2019s stories.\n\tThe iPhone lets me read for 10-15 minutes at a time, spontaneously and wherever I happen to be. My guess is that I\u2019ll get even more stories read because I\u2019ll have more opportunities to read them.\n\tNothing's perfect, and there are a few problems with the iNewYorker. For starters, it doesn\u2019t keep track of where you are across iPad and iPhone versions. For instance, I can\u2019t read parts of "Big Med" on the iPad and then immediately find my place on the iPhone. Scrolling is the only way to move around in a story.\n\tI can\u2019t bookmark multiple stories, either. This is a problem when I have different stories in different issues and now on different devices going at the same time. Conde Nast needs to fix this problem, as readers try to fit long-form stories in their busy work schedules.\n\tWhy doesn\u2019t The New Yorker make better use of bookmarks? Edgar Allan Poe argued that stories work best when they\u2019re read in a single sitting. Remnick\u2019s profile of Bruce Springsteen in last week\u2019s issue would have been more impactful had I read it all at once, but that\u2019s just not realistic anymore.\n\tThere\u2019s no time. We read in pieces these days, and the iPhone makes it easier to do so.\n\tAt the end of the day, it\u2019s better read than not read, right?