A “wired reader" is a someone who likes to experience storytelling through the use of technology.
Patrick Carman, a prominent children's/ya author explains that there are five components in the lives of young readers today that distract from reading books: TV, video games, the internet, cell phones, and iPods. It has become Carman’s purpose as an author to get those readers back by meeting them halfway: Connecting technology to traditional storytelling.
Spring 2010, Patrick Carman launched his newest innovation called 3:15 Stories. Where you could download the 3:15 Microsoft, Apple or Droid app, then purchase individual modernized Twilight Zone-like tales for less than $1.00 every two weeks. The stories are in 3 parts: a two minute video introduction, 10 minutes of reading the body of the story, and a three minute video ending. It all takes just 15 minutes to complete the story.
And now this August Patrick Carman will release Dark Eden. You'll be able to download the free app and purchase each chapter for $0.99. The first segment will be free, then the remaining chapters will become available one each week for 14 weeks. After the eighth segment, the published book will then be released and readers can choose to buy the book to finish the story immediately, or wait five more weeks to experience the end of the novel on their MP3 device.
Harper is working on an enhanced e-book version for both Nook and Kindle that will be available in November.