We reported back in October that Amazon was working on a new program dubbed “Kindle Singles.” It basically falls between a fall novel and a feature cover story in a magazine. Currently as of now they have their own section in the Kindle store and is designed to appeal to people who want to read something quick, maybe in-between novels or maazines.
Kindle Singles are billed to be competitive with the New Yorker feature length article or books that fall between 30 to 90 pages. Like all Kindle content, Kindle Singles will be “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”, customers will be able to read them on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. In addition, with the Kindle Worry-Free Archive, Kindle Singles will be automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.
According to a recent Amazon Press release “The launch of Kindle Singles included the debut of TED Books, written versions of inspirational 18-minute talks that are a trademark of renowned TED gatherings dedicated to cultivating “ideas worth spreading.”
“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,” said Kindle content vice president Russ Grandinetti
We took a look at the new Singles program and noticed some bestselling authors selling their works for just a few dollars. Authors such as Jodi Picoult and her new Single entitled ‘Leaving Home‘ and Brendan L Koerner and the book ‘the piano demon‘. I find the prospect of Kindle Singles to be very intriguing. I read allot of books and magazines and between novels and between next months issue of my magazines reading some feature stories by well known people will be an easy sell. We all know the readers in our social group and most of them follow particular authors and devour anything they put out. Singles makes writing for the Author a bit easier and we can see Singles being released that are followups to particular characters in their novels.
Check out Kindle Singles Today HERE. If you want to write and submit content to Amazon Kindle Singles you can email this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are interested in purchasing a Kindle, check out our retail partner Shop e-Readers.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.