Amazon Announces Kindle Singles

No, “Kindle Singles” is neither a convenient food item nor a place to meet eligible e-book readers. It is a new program announced today by Amazon to provide a platform for authors and publishers to produce works that are too long for a magazine article but too short for a book. The idea is that in the traditional print publishing world there had been no place for such writings, as they did not have the “heft” to be marketed as a book, yet could not be accepted by magazine publishers.

“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.”

The press release states that Kindle Singles will have their own section of the Amazon on-line Kindle store, and that they will be priced “significantly lower” than Kindle books, though no specific prices were suggested. From the release, it seems the emphasis was more on nonfiction works, whether they be scientific, political, or sociological — no mention was made of fiction, though it was not excluded, either.

Interested authors and publishers are directed to contact Amazon at digital-publications@amazon.com.