Publishers are hoping so. NPR’s All Things Considered recently did a report on serialized books. You know, like Dickens, only this century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux is a publishing company that is experimenting with the idea of the episode as it translates into books. Last year they published a full trilogy over the course of a year; this year, they’re doing a series of four books in six months. They say it feels more like programming than publishing.
Julian Yap and Molly Barton have started a new company called Serial Box, which they say is like “HBO for readers.” They publish a series of episodes (books) over a 10-16 week season. Each episode takes about 40 minutes to read. Will the idea stick?