CellStories is a ridiculously simple service that brings you a little story each day. You just open up the link to the CellStories.net site in your cell phone browser and the story shows up, well-formatted and easy to read. The site was started by former magazine editor Daniel Sinker, who has used his many contacts in the publishing field to acquire a continuing stream of worthwhile and entertaining stories.
The main problem for me that this service solves is my inability to remember to keep reading long-form works on a cell phone. I just can’t remember to keep going, no matter what the book. It’s something to do with the small screen and my feeling that all handheld units are for very temporary work and pleasure. When I read long works I use a book or a Kindle e-reader. I have no problems with continuity there. But CellStories only offers short fiction. It’s the perfect little pocket literature gizmo. I actually feel a tiny sense of accomplishment when I finish a short story on my Droid phone. I feel that I have filled some time well that might otherwise have been spent checking my hair.
So if you want some grown-up short fiction, try CellStories.