Find Your Next Great Read Online

You could spend your summer tweeting, but if you think that’s for the birds, dig into satisfying reads from these four exciting websites

by Cathleen Medwick
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Byliner.com
Original short stories and nonfiction pieces by such artists as Alexandra Fuller and Nicole Krauss are available for $9.99 a month. Long-form articles culled from publications like Bloomberg Businessweek and Esquire are free of charge. Out now, an appealing new fiction collection: 99 Stories of God by Joy Williams.

Amazon.com/dayonefiction
On offer: short stories by new writers who, in Amazon’s judgment, are literary stars in the making. The title story in Kodi Scheer’s debut book of fiction, “When a Camel BreaksYour Heart,” gets our vote for best first sentence: “Your lover hasn’t always been a camel.” Each single costs 99 cents.

Atavist.com
Among these juicy nonfiction reads, often from world-class journalists: “The Honeymoon Murder”by authorJoshua Hammer, reporting on a brutal tabloid scandal in Cape Town in 2011. The cost of individual stories is $2.99—or sign up for a $30 yearly membership to gain full access to the archives.

Pen.org/flash-series
Short and swift, this summer’s story selections—by such supernovas as Téa Obreht and Krys Lee, as well as newly translated writers—are the product of a fruitful collaboration between PEN,the international literary organization, and Guernica, an online magazineof art and politics. All stories are free of charge.

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First published in the July/August 2013 issue

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