Netflix for Books? Shebooks Launches With Our Own Marion Winik

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Not long ago, the idea of a book publisher operating on a Netflix model sounded about like a graduate program in philosophy operating on a McDonald’s model. Well, perhaps the latter is not far away because the former is here. Shebooks, a publisher of short e-books by women, soft-launches today , December 19 with a list of eight books, including one by Baltimore Fishbowl columnist Marion Winik.

Shebooks is the brainchild of Peggy Northrop (former EIC of More and Reader’s Digest) and bestselling memoirist Laura Fraser. The list includes fiction, essays, memoir, and long-form journalism; each runs about 8,000 words, the length one might read before bed or on a short plane flight.  They are available individually for $2.99; by March 2014, there will be inaugural list of 30 titles, a subscription plan allowing unlimited access, and three new Shebooks coming each week. Subscriptions will run $7.99/month, and include book club guides, author Q&As, and other extras.

Marion Winik’s book in the soft launch is titled Guesswork: Essays on Remembering and Forgetting who we are, a collection drawn partly from her Bohemian Rhapsody column on this site.

One Ludwig Wittgenstein Happy Meal with a medium drink, please!

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  1. Oops, forget to tell the great news that the full launch includes “Mating Calls” — short fiction from Baltimore It Girl Jessica Anya Blau. Look for it in January.

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