In just over the minute or two that it takes you to read this article, you could take in a complete piece of fiction, complete with exposition, complication, rising action, crisis, climax, resolution and moral, all on your cell phone.
Concerned that short story compilations are becoming a harder sell, Columbia College journalism profession Daniel Sinker has created a mobile site -- cellstories.net -- which offers a daily dose of short prose whenever you need it.
Sinker says the short stories -- the perfect length for "L" or bus commutes -- are free.
"Right now the point of CellStories is to put something amazing out into the world," Sinker told WBEZ radio. "If that turns into a way to make a modest amount of money, that’s great."
The stories that are currently offered were hand-picked by Sinker, but he said he's "taking a generous approach" in the offerings. Stories have been submitted to him by multi-novel authors and a Chicago cab driver. Professional publishers also add to the mix to "keep standards high," he said.