I'm just a man with a steel guitar, a Lit degree and a busted car.
I'm not really. I'm not what you'd call musically inclined. Anyway, here's this week's hair picture. This is taken minutes before I walk out the door for work. I think you can tell that by my air of grim determinism. Plus my shirt just screams "WORLD BEATER!" Right? That's a shirt for worldbeaters. That's what I'm saying.
To continue the thread from the comments on the last post: repackaging fiction for the internet age. I'm going to spin a little scenario that been crawling around in my head most of the day. Think of fiction like music. The first and most important barrier we have to getting people to consume fiction online is time commitment. How long does it take to read a story? Depends, I suppose, but let's say ten minutes. That's about five times longer than most people are willing to sit still online, especially for text. People who are already hardcore readers might do it, hence the success of Strange Horizons, but I'm not interested in those people. More accurately, I'm not interested in *just* those people. I want online fiction to become a broad phenomenon, not just the transference of RL readers to VR readers.
So, we shoot for two minutes. How do we deliver the product. There are a lot of ways to do it, given the many magical things provided by the internet. Some kind of multimedia/flash/spoken word/animation *thing* that none of us will be able to define until we see it. Sort of a choose your own adventure/graphical interface/game but really a story but it's like a game. You could probably squeeze more than two minutes out of the reader, if you're actively engaging them in the process. So that's one way to present fiction.
Another, easier format is audio. That you'd need to keep to two minutes. And I'm talking two minutes per consumer-ready-chunk. The CRC. You can string a whole bunch of CRCs together to tell a single story, then each CRC would need to be self-sustaining. Kind of like comics. Kind of like songs.
Imagine that. If authors produced albums instead of books. Record ten or so CRCs, then release them serially. You could have podcasts, collecting your favorite stories from five or so different authors, updated weekly. Some telling the story in serial, and some just random samples from favorites, to give the listener a feel for the author. You would need pretty wide participation by lots of different authors to make this work, of course. And that will take time, and people will resist it.
Still. It's an idea. Authors, think of yourself as musicians. Your book is an album, and serials are your songs.