The New Binge-Ability Of Books
We've all made a weekend vanish by watching an entire TV series all at once, an act that's both beautiful and horrid.
Now, just in case you were seeing 20 minutes or more of sunshine every weekend, booksellers are experimenting with a similar binge-able model for books.
Farrar Straus and Giroux are putting out all four books in Lian Hearn's Tale of Shikanoko series within the span of six months, and with Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy from the same publisher, all three books came out inside of an eight-month stretch.
Publisher Sean McDonald explains the shift he saw in media consumption in the last few years:
... people were experimenting in episodic storytelling on TV and Netflix, at the same time as a lot of frustration with the Game of Thrones novels not coming out...There was a shift going on in how people thought about consuming content.
VanderMeer had written the first book in his trilogy when he became aware of the new publication idea, and he liked it enough to push out the second and third books and get everything published in the same year.
While VanderMeer wrote his trilogy with this publication schedule in mind, Hearn wrote her entire series first, and then she agreed to serial, quick turnaround publication, which she hopes will keep readers involved and caught up in the story's complex world.
What say you? Good idea? Bad idea? Works well for some kinds of stories, terribly for others?
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