So many books, so little time? Amazon now selling shorter prose as Kindle Singles
Amazon's press release defines a Kindle Single as such:
Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single killer idea -- well researched, well argued and well illustrated -- to be expressed at its natural length.
They sell for 99 cents to $4.99 each. The initial selection of 22 Singles includes short stories, memoirs, essays and how-to works by such name-brand authors as Jodi Picoult and Pete Hamill, as well as journalists such as Wired writer Evan Ratliff and ZDNet editor Larry Dignan.
Like most Kindle releases, the Singles appear to come locked with Amazon's proprietary digital-rights-management software, which makes them unreadable outside its Kindle hardware and software and denies most of the fair-use rights you'd have with a physical publication. At least they all support Amazon's new (but painfully limited) lending option.
Amazon's press release also notes that individual authors can take part in this program and invites would-be scribes to come forward:
The call remains open for serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to submit works for Kindle Singles. To be considered for Kindle Singles, interested parties should contact email@example.com.
So, anybody have a suggestion for a 20,000-word piece I can write in my non-existent spare time?
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