Bookseller + Publishing and Publishers Weekly have reported that a new American digital publishing venture named Serial Box has started operating. It aims to deliver original fiction in ebook and audiobook formats on a weekly basis. Serial Box was founded by former Penguin Random House global digital director Molly Barton and former Justice Department senior counsel Julian Yap. Their aim is to to emulate the episode nature of TV series in what appears to be a more formal publishing venture than the chapter by chapter uploads on websites such as Wattpad.
Serial Box will employ a team of writers to produce series of between 13-16 episodes, with a lead writer assigned to shape each series. Episodes can be accessed on an app that can toggle between ebook and audio formats, as well as through Google Play and iTunes. There is a two-tier pricing structure with each episode costing subscribers US$1.59 and non-subscribers US$1.99 . The first episode of each series will be available for free.
Despite still being in beta testing mode, Serial Box launched on 16 September with a paranormal crime series BookBurners. In late October it will release Tremontaine, a ‘swashbuckling 13-episode love and adventure series’.
How do you feel about episodic books and TV serials? I like the comfort and familiarity of knowing a favourite show is on at a particular time but I can get really frustrated if I miss an episode and forgot to hit the record button. Likewise, if the action is running hot, there is nothing worse than having to wait ONE WHOLE WEEK to find out what happens next. Obviously, I suffer from impatience. What about you?