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08. 17. 2004

Microfiction Served Three Ways

Even if your morning train ride only goes three stops, you can still get a little entertainment along the way. Microfiction is a lit fix so quick, you won't be left hanging when you have to disembark.

Podbooks are books in text form, not audio, and can be downloaded from the iPodLibrary. All the content so far is free, but the selection is meager right now. You can read about Noam Chomsky, though, and someone compiled a brief history of Apple Computer. You can also download a King James Bible but I don't know if even the biggest iPod zealot could get through it on the tiny screen. You can also submit your own book for consideration.

The anthology Quick Fiction, is like a pShares Mini. Not only are the stories short, but the actual magazine is tiny, 6" by 6" and averaging about 55 pages an issue. While the authors are mostly still up and coming there's an occasional big name, like Steve Almond in Issue 5. You can suscribe for a year for $9 or order single issues at Quick.

If you're already at your desk, but need a momentary diversion, Minima, Journal of the Small and Potent, is published on the web. Even the serious writers in Minima are less heavy when they deliver in such small easily digestible bites.

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