From Publishing Perspectives:
CBS Interactive has announced that CNET, its site for consumer technology news and reviews, has launched Technically Literate, a series of original, illustrated works of short fiction, each with a perspective on technology.
The stories will be appearing monthly exclusively at CNET.com. Readers will also have the option to send the stories directly from CNET to their Kindles, IOS or Android devices.
Technically Literate will debut with works from four authors:
- Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog. She kicks off the series with The Last Taco Truck in Silicon Valley, a satirical look at the place in which startup and hipster cultures collide. Readers can follow Richmond’s story on Twitter on the hashtag#franconeedsataco.
- Novelist and journalist Cristina Garcia is author of four novels. Her first book Dreaming in Cuban was a finalist for the National Book Award. Garcia’s original work for Technically Literateis Cuba’s King of Batteries. Set in 1943, the story involves a German submarine, a kidnapping and—that driving force of technology—the battery.
- Novelist Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, long-listed for the National Book Award, and a finalist for this year’s National book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Marra’s original story for Technically Literate is Ansley, a modern-day tale of secret identity.
- Nayomi Munaweera is the author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, winner of the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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Reporting for The New York Times, Alexandra Alter writes:
“The fiction series grew out of an effort to attract new audiences to CNET, which has more than 33 million monthly visitors.
“When the site was introduced about 20 years ago, technology was still a niche subject.
“Now, technology saturates practically every facet of daily life and takes center stage in movies, television and fiction, including in the HBO show Silicon Valley and recent novels by Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen and Joshua Cohen.”
“We hope it will help us expand our brand,” Guglielmo tells Alter. “If you don’t experiment, you stay in place, and that’s kind of counter to the culture here.”
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