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Rooster Wants to Charge $5 to Pick Your Next Read

Rooster-Logo-HorizontalIn a world where we have Flipboard, Wattpad, numerous free ebook sites, Scribd, Oyster, and more news feeds than you can shake a stick at, does anyone really need another source of reading material?

The team at Rooster thinks so. This curated reading service officially debuted today in a post over at DBW:

RoosterApp-ScreenandDevice-copy[1]Our own approach to building a better mobile reading experience has three parts as well, but they’re not as alliterative.

First, our editorial team curates and recommends great books for you. These are books we love, and we are sharing them with you in the tradition of the great hand-selling of independent bookstores. Finding something good to read is often a daunting task.

Second, the books we share come in to you small installments that can be read in the small breaks you get throughout your day — whether on a commute or waiting on line at the supermarket. A 500-page novel may seem daunting to dig into when tackled head-on, but when broken into 15-minute segments, it seems a lot easier.

Third, we push the installments to you at a schedule which is convenient to you: whether it’s every day before work or on weekend evenings.

Being more than capable of finding his own reading material, this blogger does not see what problem the Rooster service solves. In fact, this blogger has been reading the Game of Thrones omnibus for the past 2 months, and he does not find it intimidating nor is it so large that it must be automatically spoonfed in small installments.

But if Rooster appeals to you, you should go here and get in on the beta.

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Maria (BearMountainBooks) March 7, 2014 um 7:35 pm

Not feeling it. I read when I want to. Sometimes I have a hard time finding a book that I really want to read, but giving it to me in installments is NOT the answer for me!

Nate Hoffelder March 7, 2014 um 7:47 pm

And then there’s the whole issue with not knowing whether you have the same reading interests as a bunch of techies in SanFran.

Greg Weeks March 8, 2014 um 7:51 am

This is the publisher discoverability problem. It’s the myth the publishers have invented for why their book isn’t being read. As a reader I have the opposite problem. There are at least three times as many books that I have actually looked at and decided I’d like to read than I have time to actually read.

Chris Meadows March 8, 2014 um 10:50 am

I’m hopeful that Alexlit can come back to full speed sometime soon and lick the discoverability problem for good.

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