Friday, 15 October 2010

Amazon announces Kindle Singles!

Amazon has announced that it will be making available short stories known as "Kindle singles." These will be between 10,000 and 30,000 words which is right in the middle of a blog post at around 1,000 words and a full novel at 50,000 words.

Amazon says that it would like to make these stories quick and easy to read, and Kindle Singles will be fantastic to read on a plane journey and easy to read on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apps in quick chunks.

Rumours online point to a starting price of around 29p per story and up to £2-3. The 29p price point would be a fantastic price point but would leave little margin for Amazon themselves. 59p would put Amazon on par with the price of a book app in the iTunes App store for Apple's devices. It is also a price which would allow for many readers to make impulse buys.

"Ideas and the words to deliver them should be crafted to their natural length, not to an artificial marketing length that justifies a particular price or a certain format," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. "With Kindle Singles, we're reaching out to publishers and accomplished writers and we're excited to see what they create."

'Kindle Singles' has no launch date as of yet, but Amazon is urging interested writers to write in to

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