Curious Rat



'The Silent History' and Serial Fiction Through Apps →

The Virginia Quarterly Review:

This month, a new experiment in digital storytelling has launched: The Silent History. Described as a serialized, exploratory novel for iPad and iPhone, this stand-alone app delivers brief installments to your iOS device over a period of six months. The app itself is free and comes stocked with two brief videos as well a prologue to get you hooked. After that, you pay per volume ($1.99) or for the entire series ($8.99) to start reading.

Amazon had a good idea with Kindle Serials, but doing something similar via an app adds a whole new level of interactivity to the narrative.

Instead of just text, you can see videos pertaining to the story and read supplemental content only available if you're in a specific location pertinent to the book.