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The Internet is the Short Story Radio.


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Feb. 16th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
So have you read good short stories on-line then?

I find a computer screen an anathema for fiction reading. I think I've printed out a story or two and read them, but that's about it. But that might just be me.
Feb. 16th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
actually, i hve read a good short stories online.

but mostly, i'm currently thinking about the idea of ebooks, and using them in the small press to get a larger audience. especially the australian small press, where we're talking five hundred print runs--it seems to me that you could use a system much like doctorow with his books, and still sell the hard copies to your ready made audience, and use the ebook form to get a larger one.

i agree that i don't find reading fiction on a screen an absolute joy, but i also think it helps with the presentation, and it's layout. it's got to use the screen space differently, i think.

but, what interests me, is that i hear ever three or so months about the short story dying. magazines, anthologies, whatnot, and it just seems to me that the net is built for short stories. pieces of fiction around four thousand words, is like a three or so minute song, a moment shot into your head that you can then go off and hum with, or pass around to your friends. it seems to me that short stories aren't dying, it's just the delivery system needs an injection.

lets face it, short stories are being read online, whether they be fanfic or something off scifi.com.

yes, i am thinking aloud. i'm not sure if it's totally interesting or not yet, but i am actually going to whip up a little essay tonight about it, i think.
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