While many literary journals are migrating to the Web and adding blogs and even podcasts, one journal is embracing technology—and its effect on our reading habits—to a much greater degree. In fact, you can choose to read Electric Literature's five stories per issue on your computer, Kindle or iPhone—or in good old-fashioned print. For the tactile pleasure of turning sheaves of paper, though, you'll have to pay twice as much as those who elect to read the magazine digitally.
The editors, Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum, who met in Brooklyn College's MFA program, take advantage of print-on-demand (POD) technology to only print copies as they're ordered. POD and digital versions add up to cost savings, say the editors, which allows them to pay their writers (including Lydia Davis, Colson Whitehead and Michael Cunningham) $1,000 per story—very generous, especially when most literary magazines can afford to pay contributors only in copies.
The New York Times recently reported that Electric Literature is working on audiobook versions of its issues and that Rick Moody will write a story as a series of tweets for the journal. The editors also commissioned videos inspired by some of their stories. Check out the gorgeous animation in this trailer for Jim Shepard's "Your Fate Hurtles Down at You":
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