Books and Publishing in the Digital Age
Finding the time to read an entire novel might not always fit our busy on-the-go schedules. If the thought of beginning a Dostoevsky or Tolstoy novel intimidates you, then an app that offer novels in a serialized format could be a better fit for your lifestyle.
Rooster is a new app that offers manageable daily installments of works that can easily be read on your mobile device during a commute, a break from work, or right before going to bed.
The app was recently launched on the iTunes store and is currently available for iPhone users only, however, an Android version is currently being developed. Subscribers will receive short installments from one classic and one contemporary work at a price of $4.99 a month. The classic Melville tale Billy Budd and Rachel Kadish’s I Was Here were the first two works offered through the app.
To prevent the installments from piling up, the app allows subscribers to adjust the delivery schedule of the installments. The text size, font, and background are all customizable as well.
Aside from providing an adjustable and easy-to-use app that will help users read novels more frequently, the creators of the Rooster app are also interested in encouraging writers to try their hand at the serial format. Serialized publications, first popularized by Charles Dickens in the early 19th century, are a great fit in an age of mobile devices where short articles and blog posts are consumed with growing frequency.