A new site, One Bite Reads, is aiming to tap into the growing market for shorter novels. Launching later this year, One Bite Reads says it novels are designed to be read in one sitting, and that there’s potential for authors to write complete stories that still function as instalments of an overall series. They’re currently accepting proposals from authors in a number of genres.
Each mini novel is set to be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, and they’re going to sell for 99 cents apiece. The idea is that readers can get to know a new author quickly and cheaply. We’re often told that consumers’ attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, so sites like One Bite Reads are catering for those who find a full-length novel to be a bit of a chore.
This is the latest example of a company trying to find a market for fiction that’s delivered in much shorter instalments. The most obvious prior example is Amazon’s Kindle Serials program, which launched recently with the aim of encouraging readers to pay once for access to all instalments of a particular series.