StoryBytes Dot Com

StoryBytes.Com

Score

Ease of Use… 4/5
Content… 4/5
Navigation… 2/5

If, like me, you love to read, but have no time to read, you’ll love StoryBytes.com! This site has stories ranging from 2 words to 2048 words. “Two words?”, you ask incredulously. “How can a story be only two words long?” This story ( A Short Trip in the Woods) will answer your question. According to the site owner-cum-editor, M. Stanley Bubien, “It’s nearly impossible to tell a whole story in 2 words, but it is very possible to imply a story in 2 words!”

According to the website, “Story Bytes’ very short stories offer a glimpse…into brief vignettes of life, often reflecting or revealing those things which make us human.”The lengths of the stories are all a power of 2. So you have stories that are 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024 and 2048 words long.

The site has been in existence since Mar/Apr 1996, with monthly issues (containing about 8-10 stories each). Altogether, there are 88 issues, though sadly, the latest issue on the site is dated April/May 2004.

You can subscribe to the mailing list and receive one or two short stories per week. You can also donate via PayPal to help support the upkeep of the site. However, I’d suggest you first get in touch with the owner/editor to ensure that the site is still running before subscribing or donating.

Conclusion:
A very simple site with some sweet and short stories.

Reviewed on 04-Mar-2013

Registration: N/A
Cost: N/A

What I liked about the site:

  • There are really short stories — ideal for reading during a quick coffee break.
  • Some of the stories are funny — may not be directly funny, but the humour hits you after some time.
  • If you cannot decide what to read, there’s an option to read a random story.

What I didn’t like about the site:

  • The site design could have been better. There’s a lot of space at the side which could have been used to provide a menu. Instead, the reader has to scroll down to access the other pages of the site.

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