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The Big Issue goes app

April 15 2011
Magazine available as a mobile application, says Bird

The Big Issue
, the magazine best known for being sold on the streets by homeless vendors, is to become available as a mobile phone app, according to the magazine’s founder, John Bird.

Mr Bird announced the planned development at Is homelessness set to rise?, a debate held at the London School of Economics to mark the launch of Street Stories, St Mungo’s oral history exhibition.

Under the new scheme, when a buyer downloads a digital copy of the magazine, the app will register their location and pay the nearest Big Issue seller.

At the debate, Mr Bird also mentioned plans to move some vendors in-office to blog and write for the magazine.

Further details on the app are yet to be announced, according to The Big Issue Foundation. Look out for news of developments in the next issue of The Pavement.