Following new online efforts such as the launch of the podcast series “Air Schooner” and of the cross-cultural e-zine FUSION, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's internationally recognized literary journal, Prairie Schooner, will continue its innovation by making its print issues available on Kindle starting with its summer 2012 issue, which mails out mid-June.
This transition to Kindle puts Prairie Schooner in company with top literary magazines, such as the Atlantic and the New Yorker, that are available in an electronic format.
A current issue of Prairie Schooner on Kindle will cost $6.99 (a current print issue costs $9.)
Under the direction of editor-in-chief Kwame Dawes, a recently named Guggenheim Fellow, the summer 2012 issue features some of the biggest names in contemporary literature, including poetry by Sharon Olds, John Kinsella, Robert Gibb and Maxine Kumin, as well as fiction from Nancy Welch and the late Gerry Shapiro.
"Debuting Prairie Schooner on Kindle does not signal a move away from offering our journal in hard copy," said Marianne Kunkel, managing editor of the journal. "Instead, we see the digital version of Prairie Schooner as an exciting supplement to our print tradition, which dates back more than 85 years.”
As more and more people prefer reading on e-readers, the Schooner will continue to offer its journal to readers and subscribers in a user-friendly format, Kunkel said.