Can it be done? Would it work?
I don’t know.
If I had the electronic infrastructure, I would give it a try. But I’m not sure what I would need. I know my website would need to have one of those electronic carts and there should probably also be a subscription option. Automatic delivery would be a plus.
My initial research indicates that a shilling is roughly equal to 25 US cents. Considering entire novels are being sold for 99 US cents, 25 cents seems like a fair price. Though, 10 US cents might be closer to the perceived market value.
But I would need to be able to distribute each segment electronically for a low cost to make it worth it. A PDF file sounds right. Not a full-blown convertible file, but a straight PDF. The point would be to make each segment short enough to be comfortably read on a regular computer screen—though I have been told that some hand-held devices can read PDFs, I haven’t tested that myself.
Is it feasible? Would it be worth it?
Part of me wants to try it to find out. If, for no other reason, than because the biggest problem I have with short fiction is that I want the “good stuff,” the stories that really grab me, to keep going, and when I try to write short fiction, they usually do, and because not every story is suited to the structure of a novel even if it keeps going.
I know how to do PDFs, and I have the software required. I wonder, what it would take to get a shopping cart on my website?