Is Reading Facing an Existential Crisis?

Another great post by my associate, Richie Billing. Is the novel dead? I don’t think so. Is it changing? Is reading as a concept evolving? Absolutely. What readers want in a novel has markedly changed (a modern focus on characters versus concept), as have reading habits (Kindle unlimited, short stories, audio books and webcasts).

Richie Billing

This is the transcript for the episode of The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed podcast of the same title. You can listen to the episode by clicking the links below. 

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Ello everyone. Firstly, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period. I certainly did. It’s just Richie here today. Flying solo. And I’m going to talk about something that piqued my interest about a month ago.

I saw a blog post by a sci-fi book reviewer named Damien Walter. Now Walter used to write reviews for The Guardian newspaper, amongst a few other prestigious magazines. He’s a guy at the top of his field. In his post, Walter explains how he’s fallen out of love with the novel. That for him, it’s lost that magical…

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