Two worlds have collided, and storytelling may not be the same again.
In case you haven’t yet seen this, the august New York Times (”all the news that’s fit to print”) recently ran an article on podcast fiction, featuring Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mark Jeffrey, Tee Morris (the only one without an interview — drat), and Evo Terra. The first four are novelists who have made audio versions of their books available over the Internet, which we have discussed in the past; and Mr. Terra — as co-founder (with Mr. Morris) of Podiobooks.com, where the other four’s work may be found, and (with Michael R. Menninga) of the Dragon Page podcasts — is their guiding angel, or perhaps “Demiurge” would be appropriate.
For me, whose involvement in podcasting has been a kind of personal underground movement, this junction of that world with the world of Big Media Journalism seems a bit surreal. And it certainly creates a surge on my Ain’t-That-Cool! meter.
If you’re still not sure what this whole “personal on demand” audiobook thing is all about, check out the article (registration with NYT may be required). And despite what it says, you don’t need an iPod to take advantage of all these offerings. (I’m still waiting for the day I can get one. But any mp3 player works, and I do most of my listening on home-burned CDs.) If you enjoy audiobooks, or if you commute and would rather listen to something (anything!) other than broadcast radio, they’re just what the doctor ordered.