A new student, educational and literary website has just been launched – Figment.com. I discovered it myself thanks to a New York Time feature. Figment.com, according to its own description is “an online community to create, discover, and share new reading and writing. Follow your literary obsessions. Find fans for your work. Read the latest by your favorite authors. Vote up the best stories. Embrace your inner book nerd. Read. Write. Procrastinate. Repeat. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it on Figment.”
One of the things that might help it stay afloat is the fact that they have chosen to included a mobile app and a mobile version at http://m.figment.com/. Although I’m not a mobile internet user myself, it certainly wouldn’t hurt in increasing the popularity of figment. At this point in time, there is certainly a lack of books, stories and text to read… but as with all new projects, it will take time to flourish and build up a community.