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Something was missing from the iBookstore

12 April 2010 1,469 views No Comment

Keith Shaw wrote to us with this news item:

Something was missing from the iBookstore on April 3–most of the small, independent imprints. There just wasn’t enough time for Apple to get the smaller houses on line (but enough time to include self-publisher Smashwords?). But that wasn’t a problem for iPulpFiction.com – Where the Short Story Lives. iPulpFiction.com is a browser based publisher of short genre fiction by a mix of best selling authors such as Ben Bova, J. A. Jance, and Pete Hautman, as well as now talent. Because iPulp’s growing catalog of more than 300 titles can be viewed in any modern browser, the iPad, with its high-resolution 9.5″ screen, is the perfect device for reading iPulp stories.

In the past, dime novels and other forms of pulp influential writers of genre fiction such as Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler, and H. P. Lovecraft. It was a time when kids carried a dime novel folded in their hip pocket or nestled out-of-site in their school book. Orson Scott Card, the Hugo Award-winning author of Ender’s Game and an iPulp contributor says, “Cheap short fiction—it’s the lifeblood of literature.”

Today, the pulps are mostly gone, and short story writing is a dying art. iPulpFiction.com wants to reinvigorate the genre short story market and inspire new generations of writers by taking pulp fiction to the mobile generation—to be hidden among their digital textbooks on their iPads, and on their iPhones tucked in their hip pockets. Kathleen Duey, National Book Award-finalist author of the YA novel Skin Hunger says, “iPulp takes fast-paced fiction to the kids, where they live, on the Internet. What a perfect idea. Home delivery. May it do for literacy what it did for pizza.”

iPulpFiction.com – Where the Short Story Lives: Available on the Apple iPad.

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