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Reinventing the Short Story

Can an iTunes-style makeover bring the short story to new audiences? Ian Burrell of The Independent meets the authors and innovators who are selling small tales.

The short story, the vehicle that revolutionised magazines at the start of the 20th century, could emerge as the format that radicalises the way that the written word is consumed in the increasingly digital environment we live in 100 years later. In doing so, it could help to save publishing. A series of new British online initiatives is hoping to do for authors what Steve Jobs and iTunes did for the music industry and establish a culture of making micro-payments for small pieces of content: the short story becomes the single-track download, with prices starting at 99p ($1.50).


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