October 12, 2010

Amazon Singles Brings Back Short Stories

Today Amazon announced a new Kindle store category. Kindle Singles are described as being "twice the length of a New Yorker feature." Kindle Singles will be between 10,000 and 30,000 words, and cost less than regular ebooks in the Kindle store.

The price point and exact location in the store has yet to be announced. In a bold move Amazon categorized the announcement as a call to "serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians," putting itself in the position of bypassing publishers for this new format.

Kindle Singles show the advantage of ebooks. Traditional formats take into account printing, advertising and distribution costs, making shorter length works riskier. Kindle Singles can bring back old formats like short stories, and create new ones that weren't feasible in print.

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