I don’t know about you, but it’s sometimes hard to find the time to sit down for a few hours at a stretch to read. Work, family, life—as much as all are wonderful things, they can get in the way of reading time.
Thankfully, we live in a fantastic age of apps and software that aim to help make our lives easier. But can they help us find time to read? That’s where Serial Box comes in.
ABOUT SERIAL BOX
Serial Box brings everything that’s awesome about TV (easily digestible episodes, team written, new content every week) to what was already cool about books (well-crafted stories, talented authors, enjoyable anywhere).
Like TV, we release a new episode of our serials every week and serials typically run for seasons of 10–16 weeks. Easy to pick up, episodes are enjoyable on their own but build over the course of the season to tell a bigger story. Each episode is available in ebook and audio and takes about 40 minutes to enjoy.
Serial Box serials are written by authors you know, including the likes of Gwenda Bond, Malinda Lo, Lindsay Smith, and Kiersten White. And you can read or listen to each episode through Serial Box’s iOS app, in your web browser, or on your e-reader.
Each serial’s pilot episode is free to read or listen to, and if you want to read more, you can subscribe. Each subsequent episode costs $1.59 (for both text and audio versions); you can also get a season pass for around the cost of a hardbound book.
Currently, Serial Box has four adult serials available:
Magic is real and some books have teeth. Join Detective Sal Brooks, newest recruit to a black-ops magic hunting team, as she travels the world to keep the supernatural in check. Just remember: watch your back and don’t touch anything.
Welcome to Tremontaine, the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series that began with Swordspoint! A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; her husband’s dangerous affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution—when long-buried lies threaten to come to light, betrayal and treachery know no bounds with stakes this high. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling wit and political intrigue.
Intrigue, romance, and scandal fill the palace halls in Whitehall, a historical tale of Catherine of Braganza, the king she loved, and the mistress he loved.
The Witch Who Came in from the Cold
The Cold War rages in the back rooms and dark alleys of 1970s Prague as spies and sorcerers cross murky lines to do battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain—and crackling beneath the surface of it all is a vein of magic, raw and waiting to be tapped.
But, starting Sept. 14, they’re moving into the YA world with a brand new story, ReMade.
Every minute, 108 people die. On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline-pumping YA adventure.
I read the pilot episode—”Shadows and Dreams” written by Matthew Cody—and I can see myself getting sucked into the story quite easily. No spoilers, but the story is an intriguing mix of science fiction and dystopia, with, of course, delightful YA angst. I’m left with a slew of questions that I’m definitely going to need the answers to.
And because Serial Box is awesome, they’ve made the pilot episode available early through the Serial Box app and on their website so that you, too, can check it out.
Give the first episode a go, won't you? And then head to the comments so that we can discuss. (Also, please let me know if you’d be interested in discussing ReMade on a weekly basis!)