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"The Drum" online literary magazine

"The Drum" online literary magazine

Last week, the New York Times announced that it would publish e-book best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction in 2011. As more technology harnesses the power of the printed word, e-readers, e-books and e-zines have started dominating the literary landscape.

But what about audio?

Author Jenna Blum reads from her novel "The Stormchasers" for a Drum Magazine segment. (Courtesy of Henriette Lazaridis Power)

Author Jenna Blum reads from her novel "The Stormchasers" for a Drum Magazine segment. (Courtesy of Henriette Lazaridis Power)

Audio books have entertained many cross-country drivers for years. But Henriette Lazaridis Power, a Boston-area author, saw a hole. “What if I want to listen to a story that’s commuter-length?” Power wondered. “How about something I can listen to in a single T or car ride?”

Earlier this year, Power launched “The Drum,” an online audio literary magazine that will do just that.  We take a closer look — and an even closer listen.

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