The Future of the Webserial May Not Be on the Web (Updated x2)
Cross-posted at WebLit.Us
Update: You can now subscribe to the site on Kindle. UK people who found they couldn't subscribe at that link, here's the link for you. I'll keep webserial folks posted on results here and at WebLit.Us.
A funny thing has happened: I've stopped reading webserials.
I KNOW, RIGHT??
You see, I got a Kindle, and I realize now that I hate reading on the web. Hate. It. But I like serialized fiction. And I'm hearing from readers of my own work that they're in the same position now that they have ereaders; they've stopped reading on the web. I'm thinking that ereaders have the serious potential of taking away our online audiences.
So now I have a dilemma as both a reader and a writer. What to do? I could do what a lot of traditionally published writers, agents, editors and publishers do and rage against those horrible ereaders. Or I could be smart and go with it. I choose smart.
As a writer I'm going to start publishing my feed on Kindle. Or try to; there are hoops I have to jump through.
As a reader, I'm going to start asking writers to do the same--once I test the waters. There's no charge--no downside--and a potential revenue upside. It pushes content to the Kindle, and any advertising eyeballs lost may be balanced by subscriptions.
I'm also going to see if there are other blog-to-ereader apps out there that will work on, say, Nooks. iPhones and Droid devices have Kindle readers already so I'm not worried about them.
So what do you think? Do you have an ereader? Would you prefer to have this site on your ereader than your web browser? Note I'm not asking you whether you'd pay for it, just whether you'd prefer it; I'm thinking that this might be a way of reaching out to readers I don't have yet.
And if you're a fellow serialist, have you tried this? What's been your experience?