If you are a lover of pulp fiction or just thinking about honing your craft to be a better writer, there is a great online resource called iPulpFiction! It allows writers to submit their own works and allows users to download independent ebooks at a very affordable rate!
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The Concept of iPulpFiction
In the past, dime novels and other forms of pulp fiction influenced generations of writers of genre fiction such as Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler, and H. P. Lovecraft. It was a time when kids carried dime novels folded in their hip pockets or nestled out-of-sight in their schoolbooks.
Today the pulps are mostly gone, and short story writers have few outlets to develop their craft. iPulpFiction.com wants to reinvigorate the genre short story market and inspire new generations of writers by taking pulp fiction to the mobile generation—to be hidden among digital textbooks on their iPads or on smart phones tucked in their hip pockets.
The iPulp Difference
iPulpFiction.com does not sell eBooks. iPulp is an integrated publisher and online retailer specializing in short genre fiction, graphic novels, and the occasional serialized novel. iPulp publishes original stories and exclusive reprints by award-winning and best-selling authors and iPulp is committed to the development of new talent.
iPulp is affordable. Registration is free and gives readers immediate access to a selection of free stories. Because iPulp focuses on short fiction and works directly with authors, iPulp can aggressively price its ORIGINAL STORIES and EXCLUSIVE REPRINTS from just 25¢ – $1.
iPulp authors include contemporary authors such as science fiction masters Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card, Shamus Award nominee and Anthony Award winner Bill Crider, Brahm Stoker Award nominee and Spur Award winner Ed Gorman, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, and NYT best-selling mystery writer J. A. Jance. iPulp also publishes middle grade and young adult luminaries such as Bruce Coville, David Lubar, and Vivian Vande Velde, as well as noteworthy new writers like Royce Buckingham and National Book Award finalist Kathleen Duey.
iPulp’s growing catalog includes stories for all ages in a full spectrum of genres including mysteries, horror and supernatural, science fiction, fantasy, humor, and westerns.
ACCESSIBILITY & SECURITY
iPulp is designed for the dawning wireless age. User libraries are not stored on local drives and are available 24/7 from any device connected to the Internet through any up-to-date browser. Content id deliverd to readers as they need it. This means no eBook files are downloaded to the reader’s computer, providing a level of security to our author’s intellectual property that traditional eBooks don’t. (Within 24 hours of its eBook release, 100,000 pirated copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol were downloaded.)
Although iPulp has been designed for the iPad, it has an immense installed hardware base. iPulp is accessible from tens-of-millions of Macs and PCs, as well as many mobile devices such as smart phones, and iPulp is optimized for the Apple iPad. No special hardware is required nor apps to download.
iPulp libraries are designed to be shared. Account holders can add up to 4 other users to their library. The content displayed in the iPulp store and in the account’s library is filtered by the age of the user currently logged in, providing only age-appropriate titles to the reader.
Also, the iPulp store uses tokens for the acquisition of titles, and does not require a secure credit card transaction. An account administrator can use a credit card to buy stacks of tokens from the account administration screen. The administrator can then grant minor users the privilege to safely spend tokens in the iPulp store. If a user does not have the right to spend tokens, he/she can add stories to a “Wish List” that is sent to the account administrator, who can then acquire or decline the stories directly from the administration screen.
iPulpFiction is a great resource for writers and readers alike, stay tuned to our next entrant into the Good E-Reader Series “E-Book Stores you might never have heard of, when we give you the skinny on Smashwords”
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Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.