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Who says kids aren't reading these days? (Hello, Harry Potter and Twilight). Even more so, who says they aren't writing? (Hello, Harry Potter and Twilight fan fiction).

They are. So much so, in fact, that a new website was launched Monday that is an experiment in online literature, a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, according to the New York Times.

The website, Figment.com, encourages users to "write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." The brains behind the website are hoping to get as many as a million users and contributions so far to the site have included fantasy, science fiction, biographical work and long serial novels.

The site also works as a way for teens to discover books and authors (or at least that's the hope). Jacob Lewis, one of the founders of Figment.com, said it will also let publishers roam the website looking for fresh young talent and promote their own authors.

“For publishers this is an amazing opportunity to not only reach your consumers but to find out really valuable information about how they are reading,” he said.

In a time when the publishing industry is going through some rough times and people are wringing their hands over kids choosing video games over reading books, here's to hoping Figment.com helps bring about a new interest in literature for teens.

And here's to hoping they create a similar big kids site for nerdy, literary types such as myself (Nerds RULE!).