Just published by Apis Books: Tales of the Decongested, so called because the price of a copy is about the same as a day's decongestion charge (the fee you have to pay to drive in the centre of London).
The book is a collection of pieces written to be read aloud at the famous Foyles bookshop in central London, by a mixture of unpublished and published authors (including Ali Smith!). The objective of the project was to:
... raise the profile of the short story and to discover exciting new talent in London.The quality of the writing gets a firm thumbs from Guy Dammann on the Guardian Culture Vulture blog, and if you want more information on how the scheme works, it can be found on the Tales of the Decongested website.
Now, I was so interested in the project I must admit (to my shame) that I went along to Amazon and one-clicked it. (Yes, okay, you can borrow it after me.) But the stories are also archived online, so that the cash-strapped and stingy among you don't have to part with your dosh to enjoy them (!) and you can also download some of the stories to capture the flavour of life performance.
Hmmm ... live literature .... meets web presence ... meets publication ... it could be a model worth imitating in a city near you!