Amazon Now Selling Kindle Singles

Kindle Single

According to Engadget, Amazon is now selling Kindle Singles.

Before the invention of digital readers, writers often had to choose between making their work short enough for a magazine article or long enough for book marketing and distribution. But not anymore, Amazon put the word out to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Kindle in making a new kind of content available to readers-Kindle Singles.

Typically between 5,000 and 5,000 and 30,000 words, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single idea (well researched, well argued and well illustrated) to be expressed at its natural length and Amazon has now introduced the first set to the Kindle Store.

Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content said:

“The response to our announcement of Singles has been great. This first set of Singles was selected by our team of editors, and includes works by Rich Cohen, Darin Strauss, Ian Ayres, and the first-ever books published by TED. We think customers will be riveted by these stories that can take them to a Swedish bank heist or to the Mexican border town of Juarez, or to consider a new way to think about happiness.”

The first set of Kindle Singles includes works like:

Lifted by Evan Ratliff (34 pages, $1.99): The thieves had a handpicked crew, a stolen helicopter, a cache of explosives, and a plan to rob a $150 million cash repository. The Stockholm police had a tip-off. Wired and New Yorker writer Evan Ratliff recounts the inside story of an audacious 2009 bank heist, and the race to solve it. This is an inaugural title from publisher The Atavist.

The Happiness Manifesto by Nic Marks (40 pages, $2.99): Modern research proves the ancient wisdom that “money can’t buy you happiness.” But then why do our governments see their main task as simply growing GDP? Marks, founder of the London-based Centre for Well-Being, sets out an ingenious new way of defining national goals-and in the process reveals five ways people can nurture their own happiness. One of the inaugural TEDBooks.

Piano Demon by Brendan I. Koerner (37 pages, $1.99): At age six, Teddy Weatherford was working in a Virginia coal mine. Two decades later, he was the jazz king of Asia. Koerner, a Wired contributing editor and author of “Now The Hell Will Start,” tells how a piano legend in a sharkskin suit lived the American Dream by leaving it behind.

Leaving Home by Jodi Picoult (43 pages, $2.99): The deep pains and powerful pleasures of parenting: those are the extremes explored here by the extraordinary novelist Jodi Picoult. In three short pieces that display her wide emotional range, Picoult weaves together stories of love and loss with heartbreaking simplicity.

The call still remains open for even more serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to submit works for Kindle Singles. If you’d like to be considered for Kindle Singles, contact digital-publications@amazon.com.

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