Kindle Singles are, on the surface, the 21st century answer to pamphlets and novellas. They could also save short stories of the longer variety, the 6,000 to 10,000 word works that are too long for many lit magazines, and are still a bit of a nebulous nellie in the online zine department. But what has me really excited is the extras possibilities.
Reading a novel is a big time commitment, and in a good novel the emotional connection–happy, sad, funny–can leave you both elated and exhausted. But the hardest thing for me, harder than finding time to read, is not just putting a novel down. And not just literally–for every book I love, I spend days thinking about the plot, the author, and reading about the genesis of the book.
Kindle Singles won’t kill my must-read issues (yesterday, I read the first Incorrigibles book from start to finish, even reading in the dark by the light of my phone), but it might cut down on my compulsive novel googling.Read More
The demise of the newspaper has garnered a lot of media coverage these past few months. And all over the US, the heart of the world’s current economic crisis, companies are tightening their belts. Many newspapers, once thought to be essential media, are thought to be on the verge of collapse, as internet advertising models have been unsuccessful, and the failure of a paid web content model.
But is the idea of paid web content really so terrible?
Think for a minute. When’s the last time you paid for any sort of media content? Was it when you flicked on your cable to watch The Daily Show last night? Or perhaps it was this morning when you read Guess How Much I Love You to your little girl before leaving for work? As you’ve probably realized, paid content is not a new idea – every day we pay for some piece of media content, and the money we spend trickles down to those generating the content. Most people take this for granted; after all, when’s the last time you heard a woman complain about paying for a book at the local Barnes and Noble?
Enter the internet. When newspapers first started publishing online, many tried a paid web content model and found it very quickly floundered. And now, with the proliferation of blogs and would-be journalists online, it seems almost suicidal to re-introduce the idea…[more]Read More