A great example of telling stories to suit the reading device, Hooked is an app for iPhone and Apple Watch that tells short stories through text messages between characters. The stories in Hooked from various writers are told entirely through back-and-forth dialogue, easy to read on both devices (even the watch) and short enough to read while waiting in a queue. Each story concludes with space for readers to rate, share, and discuss via comments.
Set in Toronto in the early twentieth century, Wonderland is a cross between audio drama and puzzle game for the iPhone. The story is told in chapters, each of which conclude with a word puzzle to solve. Fortunately for people like me who get stuck on such things too easily, the puzzle may be solved by taking a walk. Using the phone’s accelerometer, the app will solve one piece of the puzzle for every 100 steps you walk.
The new project from Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn, the team that created the extraordinary The Silent History, combines print and digital in fascinating ways. The app component of The Pickle Index serialises a short novel over ten days in unlikely the form of a recipe sharing app. The story of escape from the clutches of a dictatorship hatched by a hapless circus troupe (seriously) is also told in various beautifully illustrated print editions.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.