Short stories are an easy and less time-consuming way to read books. With today's hectic lifestlyles, many of us just don't have the time to invest in reading a novel. But we do have short periods of time, like when we are commuting to and from work or college, to read something that's 'bite-sized.' So, if you don’t have time to read every day then short fiction is the answer.
We have lots of superb collections of free short stories here on obooko: currently, the most downloaded anthology is Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link.
With a short story you can usually get from start to finish in one sitting. In fact, that is basically the definition of short stories.
You can expect all kinds of plots and characters. The common theme with short fiction is just that – short. It crosses every genre, so whatever your taste in literature, you can access free short stories online right here at obooko. All ebook files are available for your mobile devices like smartphones and tablets as well as your home computer.
Short stories have been mainstream popular from the late 18th century but picked up in the 19th century as distribution of the written word grew through newspapers, magazines and books. Many famous authors of well known novels have written short stories when starting out as a way to get published and get their name out there. Others write them for the enjoyment between their big novels. Charles Dickens even wrote short stories.
Fairy tales are also considered to be short fiction. The Brothers Grimm (early 19th century) are especially well known and their stories are read by children to this day.
As already mentioned, the rise of newspapers and magazines supported growth of the short story. In the late 19th century Arthur Conan Doyle wrote short stories about his famous character, Sherlock Holmes. These were published in magazines of the day and brought notoriety to the author and, of course, the character. The success of the Sherlock Holmes is still obvious today in the form of film and television.
Around the same time that Sherlock Holmes was becoming famous, H. G. Wells was writing his short science fiction stories and building his own fan base. Wowing audiences with stories of space and the future.
More recently, big name authors like Stephen King and Roald Dahl have written many short stories in the genres for which they have become famous.