I’m reading on the road
Screenwriter/director John August has been engaging in some personal experimentation with emerging media [NY Times, login]. He has about 6,000 Twitter followers, most of whom presumably are fans of his work on movies including Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the underrated The Corpse Bride and The Nines.
August tested a story with some of those fans, made changes influenced by their comments, and then personally formatted the finished result for Kindle. “The Variant,” as the story is called, is now available for 99 cents through Amazon or as a 25-page PDF file on e-junkie.com (I couldn’t find it there, though, which may just reflect on me or the site’s search options). August said he has made “about enough to buy four Kindles” so far.
(Title lyric from the Beastie Boys.)