Amazon Launches Kindle Singles


Amazon announced today that they are launching Kindle Singles and while the name sounds like a type of cheese or a new online dating site, it’s actually the name of Amazon’s latest ebook format. Kindle Singles are short works/stories that are longer than an article, but shorter than a book. Or as Amazon puts it, “Kindle books that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book.”

Amazon saw the need for such a product because “10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a single killer idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated–whether it’s a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.”

Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store and Amazon says they will “be priced much less than a typical book.” But they do not elaborate on the expected price range of Kindle Singles.

The cool thing is that it seems like anyone can submit a Kindle Single. Amazon says, “Today’s announcement is a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world. To be considered for Kindle Singles, interested parties should contact digital-publications@amazon.com.”

What do you think about Kindle Singles? What do you think the price range will be for these short works?

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