There’s some exciting technology coming out for readers: Many new companies are capitalizing off of the ubiquity of smartphones to create weekly and monthly serial literature through apps. New self-published authors can release their material by chapter or with monthly short stories thanks to these exciting new reading apps. Similar to literary magazines or TV shows that release a section of the story each week, these apps work on a subscription-base platform.
Some apps, like RADISH or Serial Box, use undiscovered authors’ stories to create different series that subscribers can follow. Serial Box allows you to read a pilot episode and if you enjoy it, you can sign up to continue following that serial. Radish’s mission is to “Write, share and monetise your bite-sized serial fiction stories, perfectly suited for reading on smartphones.” You can use these apps to promote your own writing or become engaged in a new story collection.
While those apps span multiple genres, a lot of other apps work only within one genre, or even one story. Belgravia is an 11-episode mystery story created by Downtown Abbey writer, Julian Fellowes, that allows you to explore the famous London house and all its intrigue. With the app, you get the story text, audiobook, and illustrated material relevant to the narrative. It’s a unique new way to experience a story.
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There are even children education storytelling apps like Amazon Rapids using children’s fascination with pads and phones to encourage them to read. Rapids comes equipped with a glossary, read-along feature, and of course hundreds of stories.
It should be evident through the ever increasing popularity of podcasts that people like to listen or read stories split up into weekly or monthly segments. These apps are taking the magazine/podcast format to help establish new writers along with giving readers a different way to experience a story.
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