Rebirth of the Short Story

August 22, 2011

Once the short story was all but dead; mainstream publishers were reluctant to publish them with the excuse that they did not sell.  However, the arrival of the ebook has changed all that.  Authors may now self publish in a variety of digital formats which can be made readily available through online stores or the writers’ own websites.

A number of portable electronic platforms such as the laptop, notebook, tablet, smart phone and kindle are now available so readers can download text while on the move.  Short stories are ideal for this purpose as they can be dipped into while on a train, at a station, airport or during breaks in the working day.  Text to sound features make it possible to become engaged behind the wheel of a car and also enable written stories to be more accessible to the visually impaired.

The short story allows the reader and writer to explore single themes in a condensed style which can focus the interest of the busy traveller in a way that novels with their intertwining plots and subplots can not do.  In this way the reader and writer are able to enjoy the craft of story telling in much the same way as it was when first formed in the oral tradition when tales were passed from parent to child or to one and other by the evening firelight.

Peatmore Press has published its first anthology of short stories.  It is available on the Amazon Kindle Store or at http://peatmore.com/crimeandpassion.htm.  The short story has returned and is back in a big way.



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Ebook Publishing

July 20, 2010

The revolution in digital publishing means that there are now new platforms available to self publishers that make a welcome addition to the traditional hardback and paperback formats.  POD companies require pdf file templates so the transformation of these into ebooks is an easy step.  The growing use of mobile phones, PDAs, the Apple iPad and readers such as Amazon’s Kindle mean that these are in popular demand.  To take advantage of these innovations it is now more important than ever for the new publisher to network with others in the book producing industry.

On 15th July there was a digital publishing drinks night at the Chocolate Bar in Soho that proved highly informative.  It seems that the preferred industry ebook format is epub and this is utilised by most of the new mobile apparatus.  Apparently there is little chance of your book being taken up by readers such as the iPad or Kindle unless it is in this format; but to be taken on by Apple for the iPad more hoops have to be jumped because it is necessary to deal with middle men and distributors without whom no negotiation can take place.