New Zealand Scientist Creates Novel 'Word-Selling' Website

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ANovelMillion.com is a new advertising concept in which words and characters are purchased to create an evolving story while providing "word buyers" a direct link to their own site, and potential book royalties

A scientist in New Zealand has created a “word-selling” website on the internet. The idea of http://www.anovelmillion.com involves “word-buyers” choosing words they want to be displayed on the website, paying for them, and the words getting published on the site. In this way, a constantly evolving story is created by a multitude of people. The concept to sell words and letters for $1 each is the brainchild of 29 y.o. Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson.

Aditya explains “Anybody is capable of buying words for the website, and they will be credited as an author. There are a few small rules as to what can be written and these are put in place to ensure a readable story is created. People choose their words and email them to me, and I upload them to my website”. He adds “People can also have a direct link made to their own website which serves as a novel route for online advertising!” This capacity can be seen on http://www.anovelmillion.com in the first contribution to The Million Word Story.

In only its first week on the internet, the site amassed close to 9,000 hits. “I was really surprised at how fast the word spread” says Aditya “In the first week, there were people in Sweden, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Denmark, and many other countries including the US, UK and European countries looking at my site. There were over 3,500 hits for NZ and Australia alone. I think the added internet traffic this will provide “word-buyers” will be very valuable”.

In fact, not only does the site hold interest for would-be "word-buyers" due to flow-on internet traffic, but Aditya is also offering a share in any future book royalties. “I think that this aspect of the site is really catchy” says Aditya “Not only will word-buyers get public interest and a new route for advertising, but if the end stories actually get published as books, everyone who has contributed words will be entitled to a direct proportion of the royalties from book sales. They are the authors after all!”

It is yet to see whether people will buy into this site or not, but regardless of the outcome, as Aditya puts it “It's a novel concept.”

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