Free Stories!

As I was pondering making my annual short story reading project a “public” challenge next year, I realized some might not want to participate because they don’t want to have to BUY a bunch of short story anthologies or author’s collections. Never fear! There are ways around that, as many great, classic short stories are available in the public domain and may be found free in the internet. We can also take another step for those who don’t want to have to go searching for a story via Google or a search engine. With this in mind, I thought I’d share a couple resources.


One is a smart phone app “Short Stories eReader.” I’ve had this on my iPhone and iPad for over a year now, and often will utilize it when I’m trapped in line or can steal a few reading minutes here or there. The selection has grown quite a bit in that time too. You can search for stories by author or genre, and can build a decent library very quickly.


Another resource is The Library of America’s “short story of the week” website. It serves up a new story each week, but you can also review stories that have been the selections for previous weeks. Browsing through their archive, I only noticed about ten stories that I’d already read. Humbling, as I read a LOT of short stories.


Happy perusing! (and let me know if you’d be interested in a short story reading challenge for 2013)