Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amazon Makes Room for Shorter Works With ‘Kindle Singles’

The devil may well be in the details. We'll have to wait and see. Digits - WSJ: "The online bookseller said Tuesday it is putting a new section in its Kindle Store for e-books that are just 30 to 90 pages in length. The Kindle Singles are supposed to be about 10,000 to 30,000 words — or as Amazon describes it — 'twice the length of a New Yorker article or as much as a few chapters of a typical book.' ... The company said its announcement was 'a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers.' Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request other details, such as whether anyone published in the Kindle Store could be represented by a publisher or how it would split revenue with authors. And since this part of the store isn’t live yet, there aren’t any examples of just what Amazon thinks will work. ..."