BookViewCafe.com makes fiction easily available for free
Ursula K. LeGuin, Vonda N. McIntyre, and Laura Anne Gilman — and Darcy Pattison — are among the writers offering their fiction for free on BookViewCafe.com. The new website promises something new every day and most of it unavailable elsewhere. The project currently includes twenty-four professional authors.
Book View Cafe represents a new approach to fiction made possible by the Internet by taking their work directly to fans. While most of the fiction on the site will be free, authors will also be offering expanded work, additional content, print versions, or subscriptions for a fee.
Member Ursula K. LeGuin points out, “The Café seemed like a great experiment to be in on.”
Nebula Award-winner Vonda N. McIntyre expands on that: “I’m delighted to be involved in an innovative project with a talented group of writers. I’ve experimented with offering readers access to my work on my website and have been pleased with the results. In addition, it’s a lot of fun to get direct feedback from readers.”
Author and former editor Laura Anne Gilman says, “Book View Cafe will allow readers to get their reading fix – and discover new authors — easily and quickly. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, and one I’m excited to be part of.”
The diversity of Book View Cafe’s authors guarantees something for just about everyone. “Book View Cafe will make sure the readers get the stories they want, when, where and how they want them. We are the library in your back pocket,” says Project Manager Sarah Zettel.
Read THE WAYFINDER online
My novel, The Wayfinder, is featured on BookViewCafe today, with chapters one and two available. Next Monday, you can read chapter three, and chapter four the next week. The Cafe is still new: we are working out the details on how to make the whole book available for a modest fee. So, come back the next few Mondays and read the next chapter! And while you’re there, enjoy the fiction of the other fabulous authors.
Please — come back to this post and discuss how it feels to read fiction online, ebooks, and anything else to do with digital fiction.
WARNING: As you explore the Cafe, you may find some R-rated material; these stories will be clearly marked as including some adult content, but access won’t be restricted. If you send teens over to read my book, please monitor.