J.K. Rowlings finally wises up to the fact that people were turning to pirated copies on the Web after being denied the ability to buy the Potter books as digital files. Now she's releasing digital audio versions of the first six books via the iTunes Music Store. Read the full story.
Michael Stackpoole stops by to chat with the guys while they drink beer brough by another guest: a listener named Paul. Included is the usual hodgepodge, including regular features, ramblings about Canada and podcasting, and a discussion of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars. Read the full story.
A few years ago, Audible.com offered up several science fiction short story anthologies from the big names in the genre: Asimov's, Analog and the Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. For a while it looked like they were going to have annual, or perhaps even quarterly, editions, but nothing ever came of it. It's disappointing, because while there's plenty of book-length audio fiction, short fiction is rare.
Or at least it was. Short fiction's audio salvation may have arrived with Escape Pod, a new weekly magazine-style podcast. Each podcast features opening thoughts and commentary by editor Stephen Eley, followed by a short story. Eley intends to expand the podcast by incorporating 1-minute long, reader-submitted book reviews. Escape Pod is a paying market and relies on donations to fund its fiction.