Rakuten Viber Adds a Short Story Feature to its Chat App

The Kobo sister company Rakuten Viber launched a new storytelling feature on Monday. It's called Shorts by Viber, and it will feature over 50 original, free stories told entirely through text messages that are revealed one line at a time, and are delivered via the Viber chat app.

Rakuten Viber Adds a Short Story Feature to its Chat App Rakuten

From the evolution of the once-crisp paperback to audio books, everyone loves a good story. And in a world that seems to get busier and busier, having bite-sized stories available on mobile lets the reader escape any situation. Users can start as many Shorts as they like and explore love stories, comedies, thrillers, sci-fi and more. Shorts are an escape for story lovers on the go, whether on the ride home, hitting mile three on a stationary bike, or waiting for kickboxing class to start. It’s free and always there to help our readers take a Short break.

“We are excited to introduce readers to a new form of storytelling. Shorts by Viber will offer an entirely new perspective to on-the-go readers to consume content at their optimal convenience,” says Rakuten Viber Sr. Director of Growth, Nadav Melnick. “This will captivate audiences and immerse them in Shorts pertaining to horror, thriller, humor, romance, among others. It’s the next step in enhancing our users’ messaging experience.”

At launch, Shorts by Viber will support Viber Originals, which are a one-of-a-kind original stories from our team of writers, and licensed partner content, including stories from one of the largest eBooks retailers in the world, Rakuten Kobo, and their self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life.

Shorts are available for US Viber users on iOS and Android through the Viber app.

Does anyone use the Viber app? (I've barely heard of it once or twice, mainly in connection with Rakuten, so obviously I've never used it.)  What did you think of the service?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

3 Comments

  1. Danny26 September, 2019

    I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but when I read, it’s to escape. So the quality of immersion is extremely important to me. If I can’t get lost in a story, then it’s not doing a thing for me. The idea of having a story chopped up and delivered as yet another disruptive notification on my phone sounds antithetical to why I read in the first place.

    Still, I thought I’d give it a try. Until I opened the apps page and in the Android store and saw it contained ads and in-app purchases. So I get to have my disjointed reading experience interrupted with flashing ads for products I’ll never buy? The price of admission is just too high for me.

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  3. Ezgoer19 October, 2019

    How can i delete Shorts from my chat

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