Tim Waterstone, the founder of UK book store chain Waterstones, has spoken out about plans to launch a digital platform where users can read as much as they like. Using a flat rate pricing model, much like spotify, a user will be able to access and read to their hearts content.
The project which is currently named Read Petite, will focus on short stories and serializations much in the tradition of 19th Century novelists such as Dickens. This follows on from news in regards to short stories being rather hard to sell in paper form. Read Petite will publish work by authors who are already working with traditional publishing house. This isn’t to say that Read Petite won’t feature new material as it develops.
No confirmed release date as of yet but we can look towards Read Petite launching towards the end of this year. As for pricing, there is no word yet on a final price but it’s been said to be between £5 to £12.
You can head over to the Read Petite site to sign up for updates regrading the product. We will keep you posted on the story as it develops.