Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move

Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move

Summary: Amazon's Kindle store is getting more like a music store everyday. Now you can buy the whole book or just a "single"---an e-book that's about twice as long as a New Yorker feature.

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Amazon's Kindle store is getting more like a music store everyday. Now you can buy a whole book or just a single---an e-book that's about twice as long as a New Yorker feature.

In a statement, Amazon called on writers, business types and other big thinkers to create Kindle Singles.

This move is a bit of e-commerce brilliance. Why? Amazon is moving to give you the meat of an idea---10,000 to 30,000---while saving you some time and expense. Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store and be "priced much less than a typical book." Bottom line: There will be a big audience for Kindle Singles.

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But there are a bevy of business reasons why Kindle Singles is shrewd. Among the key reasons:

  • By calling on authors directly, Amazon may not have to deal with publishers and their pricing issues. After all, Kindle Singles is really a new category that may not fall under existing publishing contracts. In other words, Amazon can act as a publisher on "singles" without competing with its sometimes grumpy publishing partners.
  • And don't forget the Kindle ecosystem. I have a Kindle for long-form reading---and a screen with no glare---but Kindle Singles are much easier to digest on the Kindle App (on Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry etc.). More than 50,000 words is a bear on an app. But 10,000 words is much better. Kindle Singles will be perfect for Amazon's app ecosystem enabled by its Whispersync platform.
  • If Kindle Singles is a hit, Amazon will have a key differentiator in the e-reader market against Barnes & Noble and Sony.

Overall, Amazon may just be onto something here.

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Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Hardware

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  • RE: Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move

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  • RE: Amazon's Kindle Singles e-books: One shrewd business move

    This is a reply to Barnes and Nobles pubit! service which also just started up. Both are great ideas!
    jamie.marsh@...
  • Reviving the dead form factor

    In science fiction and fantasy, the market had nearly killed off all short fiction. Now technology might give them another chance. Some story ideas just work better as a novella or novelette so bring it on! (Also, here's hoping that other ebook stores do something similar - Amazon has yet to show that they aren't evil.)
    dmclean@...
  • Deathblow to print...

    I think that this is an amazing addition to Kindle's available services to writers. In theory, local columnists could write national and international pieces without being dependent upon local newspapers or publishers. Freelance writers are given an incredible advantage here. This also allows the possibility for daily magazines and newspapers to be placed in a digital format much more easily. This seems like not only a natural evolution, but an idea firmly intentioned to herald the transition of print writers to the digital medium.
    tdoyle42
  • So they are now selling comic books

    Nothing new or innovative. It is just a simple magazine size book. Short stories. Something that has existed since the print was invented.
    wackoae