The e-Fiction Book Club is a small site that’s only been up for a couple of months, but I found it quite useful. Its mission is much like the WFG: trying to help find and filter examples of e-Fiction on the web:
We review novels, novellas, blog-fics, series and short story collections in all genres except erotica. Our definition of e-fiction is fiction published in its entirety on the internet, whether by a registered e-publisher or by an individual.
Beyond the offerings on the site itself, check out the links page, which includes sites grouped by interest for both readers and writers.
(As if social networking needs any sanctioning by me, I found the e-Fiction Book Club because someone at the site linked to me via Twitter. The interconnectedness of the web still impresses me, but the speed at which useful connections can be and are being made seems to only be accelerating. Good news for a nascent movement like internet fiction.)
Update: e-Fiction Book Club closed in mid-January of 2010. The farewell note read, in part:
The e-Fiction Book Club has closed. Sadly my technical skills are not up to the task of running the site, and I don’t have the time or the cash to resurrect it.
I would like to thank you for your support in the past. I still believe there is a niche out there for a community site dedicated to promoting e-fiction works and authors, to encourage small publishers who are branching out into the medium of the electronic book and the many variations.
Even the right idea at the right time is no guarantee of success. The transition from analog to digital publishing is going to be long and difficult, and I can only hope others will fill this void.
— Mark Barrett
Thanks for the nice plug! We’re a little different to WFG and Muse’s Success, in that we’re not planning to list everything that’s out there. We’re more about reading and discussion of stories and topics related to e-fiction, although the discussion sections aren’t up and running yet.
Thanks for dropping by!
I think that filtering is an incredibly important task for sites like yours, and that there are few easy answers about how to do it fairly. At some point there has to be an acknowledgment that quality counts, but who gets to do the counting? Communities with ratings systems and reputation systems smooth out some of the obvious risks, like favoritism, but it’s still an art rather than a science.
Thank you for taking up the cause. I’ll be dropping by from time to time to see the plums you’ve picked.