Ran across something interesting on iTunes tonight when I was busy there spending money on an album I had on vinyl long ago (LOL). I was looking through the podcasts and saw a section called Podiobooks. Apparently these are free and often read by the author. It says that if you make a donation the author receives at least half of all contributions (not sure who gets the other portion, I guess the publisher?).
Anyway, there were some odd "podiobooks" on there with somewhat unsettling titles (and I'm by no means scared easily), and authors I hadn't heard of, but it's an interesting idea. I saw a recent "Real Time" feature in WSJ, according to my hazy recollection it explored whether books might be increasingly influenced by the digital age and all the ramifications of that concept (like, would anybody buy just one chapter, sort of like buying one song, etc.), so it reminded me of that. I guess we'll have to see if Podiobooks take off, but I thought it was interesting to note.