June 14, 2018
Netflix Puss in Books

Netflix Pioneers Streaming Interactive Fiction

Summary: Some exciting news broke this week. Netflix is partnering with renowned interactive game producer Telltale Games to bring more interactive stories to its streaming service. Video-based interactive fiction is certainly different from voice first fiction. Yet there are parallels from […]
June 6, 2018

BookExpo 2018 Highlights Rise of Audio Fiction

Summary: During the recent BookExpo 2018, industry experts talked about the growing popularity of audiobooks. Does this shift towards audio pave the way for voice first fiction? In this post we discuss the rise in audiobook consumption; and look at […]
May 30, 2018

Dialogue Trees in Interactive Fiction

Summary: Dialogue trees are a commonly used technique in interactive fiction and games. What makes this technique so popular? After examining how dialogue trees work, the big question for us is: will they work in voice first fiction and voice […]
May 24, 2018

The Inspection Chamber – A BBC Experiment in Voice First Interactive Drama

Summary: The BBC R&D team launched an original voice first interactive drama last year called The Inspection Chamber. I spoke with Nicky Birch, executive producer of the Amazon Alexa skill, to find out more about the aim and scope of […]
May 16, 2018

Will Amazon Reinvent the Book?

Summary: David Pierce, personal tech columnist, wrote an article late last year suggesting Amazon has the power to reinvent the book. Could the Amazon Alexa platform have a major role to play in this transformation? Kindle Sparks a Revolution Last […]
May 8, 2018

Who Tells Your Story?

Summary: You’ve created voice first fiction content. Now what voice should you use to tell the story? You can choose between humans and machines. The choice might be harder than you think. Choosing a Narrator The minute you begin designing […]
May 2, 2018

Attention Writers: Gain New Fans with Voice First Fiction

Summary: The new generation of smart speakers offer a fantastic opportunity for fiction authors to share their stories and gain new fans. So what’s all the hype about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and why should independent writers pay attention? […]
April 30, 2018

Voice First Fiction Categories

Summary: Voice first fiction describes stories designed to be told and interacted with on smart speakers. This post examines the emerging categories of voice first fiction and discusses the pros and cons of each type. Voice First Fiction – Categories […]
April 30, 2018

What is Voice First Fiction?

Summary: “Voice first” describes apps that people interact with by speaking and listening. “Voice first fiction” offers a brand new opportunity for authors to share fictional content through the new generation of smart speakers. So what’s voice first fiction all […]