Monday, August 22, 2005

The iTunes for short stories

Just as iTunes has reawakened the practice of buying individual 3- to 5-minute songs, a new offering from -- Amazon Shorts -- might help to spark interest in short fiction. I'm a huge fan of short stories, but as the WSJ Marketplace article mentioned, they've never really caught on as much as novels -- or magazines and newspapers -- in the U.S. But I kind of hope that short-fiction ventures like this make a go of it. I haven't tried it out yet, but the deal is: You pay 49 cents for the text of a short story in whatever form you please and it's yours to keep. No digital copy protection, from what I can tell. So you can read the story and send it to your friends if you'd like, I guess.

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