New subscription-based mobile reading service, Oolipo due to hit mobile devices next year, is being cited as the up coming YouTube for short fiction.
But is it just the latest attempt by a publisher to monetize and get people to pay for, what will amount to, flash fiction?
Seriously though, are we not already having our faces sucked off, and our brains milked dry by our so called smart devices? Begging the question, if they are so smart, what does that make us, dumb?
I stopped by the website, nonetheless intrigued, having just read Melville House’s article and, well, quite frankly, was appalled at the lack of any information. Either to readers or to the writers/agents/publishers they are looking to recruit.
A writer, want to sign on to the program? Send us an email. That’s it. I’m guessing they’ll write back if they’ve heard of, or can research your sales. But don’t hold your breath at getting on the in.
A reader? Want to beta test our app, for free (as we cannot be bothered to pay anyone to do the process for us as we can get mules to do it for nothing) great, sign here.
Am I being cynical? You bet.
But here’s the thing, do we really want, let alone need a YouTube of storytelling? And what, in the end, will this do for writers and the art of storytelling? Four-second fiction for the masses, who’s attention span is … oh, look, shiny!
Besides, writers are already doing this on their website, some (like myself) in the form of blog posts. For free. Because? The truth is, and it hurts … Most people do not want to pay for flash and or short stories, especially those they regularly digest via RSS, again, for free.
So will Oolipo last longer than ByLiner, Oyster, or The Magazine, or any of the ebook subscription services that have popped up in the last 3 years and, promptly closed up shop?
I guess, only time will tell.