A fiction series experiments with a new model involving its readers.

The Mongoliad is a collaborative project by Neal Stephenson and Greg Bearand set in a thirteenth century fantasy world. The novel’s chapters are delivered in paid installments and will allow readers to interact with each other and the book’s authors through forums and also participate in its story making process via a Wikipedia-like platform. Each chapter will also be accompanied by supplementary media such as videos, pictures and music.

For $9.99, readers get an annual subscription to the stories and retain access to them even if they do not renew; they just won’t get any new stories. The first paid chapter went live this week.

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