Long gone are the days where readers are restricted to reading only printed books. Thanks to technology, we were introduced to e-book readers in 1998. These nitfy devices are literally swimming with thousands of fascinating titles. Whether you enjoy thriller, romance or literary fiction, one thing is clear: there is always something for everyone.
This invention has certainly improved literary rates in developing countries, which is always a good thing in my book. Then came catalogue websites like Goodreads and LibraryThing, where avid readers can find like-minded people to talk about anything and everything in the book-ish world.
But Call Me Ishmael has stepped it up. It’s a brand new storytelling website that takes the reading experience to a whole new level. Like the abovementioned picture, the book-ish website offers a refreshing way to celebrate books — by leaving a voicemail.
Given that the website is a virtual paradise for lovers of the spoken word, it makes sense to name it after the iconic opening line of American writer Herman Melville’s book “Moby Dick”. The 1851 published book tells the tale of Captain Ahab’s journey in pursuit of a whale that he calls Moby Dick. The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, listed it as one of the greatest American novels of all time.
Call Me Ishmael is still in its inception stage, so there hasn’t been much talk about it. However, considering Buzzfeed (a popular entertainment website) ran a feature about it, it’s only a matter of time before this becomes a prominent website in the publishing world. If you’d like to find out more, be sure to listen to the voicemails as shown on the website!
“And, so, reading it after she had passed away, I connected with the protagonist really deeply.” — a caller on sci-fi romance novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife
Call Ishmael’s number: 774.325.0503. It goes straight to voicemail.
Listen to Ishmael’s short answering machine message. It changes weekly.
Leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you have lived.
Get featured: Ishmael transcribes and shares at least two caller’s stories every week!