I read about the new Rooster App on the Washington Post, and it sounds perfect for me and my newly busy life. I grieve the fact that I don’t have blocks of time to read fiction, but this seems like the perfect solution:
You don’t need to wait at the docks for the latest installment of Charles Dickens’s “Old Curiosity Shop.” But what if your iPhone could recreate the excitement — and convenience — of reading a novel in serial form?
Check out a new app called Rooster, which has the backing of some of the biggest names in the tech industry. It launches Tuesday in the Apple app store, and was created specifically for the iPhone. Every month, Rooster will send two novels to your phone: a classic tale and a contemporary story, paired to provoke interesting reflection.
But these books aren’t just dumped on you in one I’ll-never-get-to-it download. Instead, the novels arrive in your cellphone in manageable installments, according to a schedule you set yourself. “War & Peace” looks so much less daunting as a serial tale consumed every day at lunchtime like “The Days of Our Lives.” The service costs $4.99 a month.
I was excited to get started, but as soon as I downloaded the app, I got a message “please request an invitation.” So I did. A few seconds later I got a message that basically said I’m on a waitlist and will receive an invitation when one is available.
What’s that about?
I’m happy and willing to pay the $4.99 a month to give Rooster a try. I’m not sure what the developers are thinking–perhaps there are free memberships to get people hooked, thus the wait? It’s completely unclear.
I am extremely disappointed. I really wanted to give this one a try.
For now I’m contenting myself by reading Gay Degani’s serialized novel, What Came Before. It is wonderful and highly recommended. But I’m still annoyed about Rooster.