A couple of days ago I read this report about Amazon and publishers putting out the new concept for serialised fiction. Of course not a new concept good old Charles Dickens and others were going that a little while ago. The report starts off saying that its an answer to the common complaint that ebooks are just are dull re-issues of paper version. And that previous enhanced books had failed to get attention. Now I love ebooks, the last time I bought an actual books is a while ago now, in fact its only gifts on birthdays or Christmas which add any paper books to my selves. And at the moment I release my own writing only as ebooks.
I have no problem at all with ebooks being basically just a book on a screen. What more do you want? Its words on a page or a screen – the rest is up to you, your imagination, the skills and artistry of the writer to take you into another world. The reason enhanced ebooks have not taken off – for fiction at least (and I am talking only fiction in this rant) is probably because most people are like me, I just want the words and my mind. That’s what reading is.
I don’t care or want little other gimmicks in the story, maps, or videos or photos or anything. I want to read.
As for serialised fiction I don’t get the point. These latest version download a new 15 minutes-reading-worth grab each day. Can’t I just have the whole book and read 15 minutes when I feel like it or maybe longer.
Its a fine idea if it gets people reading. Other people might like it, but I don’t get it myself.