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Can Amazon Kindle Save the Short Story?

201001.jpgAfter the weekend’s eBook pricing battles, the question sounds strange. Nevertheless, The Atlantic has published a number of short stories in $3.99 Kindle-only editions–featuring fiction by Paul Theroux and Patricia Engel this month.

In a GalleyCat interview last year, Five Chapters founder and short story advocate David Daley remarked: “we all know what’s happened to the short story as a form in magazines. There used to be the Atlantic had one every week, but now they only do it once a year … All the places where authors might have gotten a few dollars a word for their stories have gone away.” If this new pricing model works, the short story could some new life.

Here’s more from eBooknewser: “Kindle Ain’t just eBooks. The Atlantic magazine and Amazon have a partnership going through which The Atlantic will publish two new stories at the beginning of each month exclusively on the Kindle. So far, the partnership has resulted in the publication of six stories, each of which costs $3.99.”

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To Build a Paywall or Not to Build a Paywall

As newspapers, literary journals, and digital publishers debate the future of content, one issue looms large: do we need paywalls to earn money for our content? According to The New York Times‘ public editor, executive editor Bill Keller has said that the paper will decide “within weeks” whether to erect a paywall–setting the pace for everybody from online literary journals to hometown papers.

Last week Five Chapters editor David Daley confessed his own uneasiness with his free journal’s role in the publishing economy: “I’m not always sure it’s good for the overall reading culture,” he said. What do you think? Our blog network is running a poll to find out what all the different media types in the audience think about this crucial topic. Add your answer below…

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