Kindle Singles Allows Authors To Publish Shorter Works

Amazon.com has unveiled a new Kindle content-creation platform for authors of shorter works running roughly 30 to 90 pages. With Kindle Singles, the goal is to give writers the ability to publish content that is either too long to submit to a magazine or too short to fit the marketing and distribution requirements of traditional book-publishing houses, the online retail giant said Tuesday.

The shorter e-book titles will have their own dedicated section within the Kindle Store and will be priced under what consumers typically pay for full-length books, noted Kindle Content Vice President Russ Grandinetti.

“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,” Grandinetti said. “With Kindle Singles, we’re reaching out to publishers and accomplished writers, and we’re excited to see what they create.”

Published in 72 Hours

Kindle Singles is merely the latest online endeavor that promises to give aspiring content creators more avenues for bringing their latest works to market. Earlier this month, Barnes & Noble rolled out a new PubIt platform that gives book authors all the tools they need to convert their digital files to the EPUB format used by many of today’s e-readers and advanced mobile handsets, with their works becoming available for online purchase within 24 to 72 hours after upload.

“The launch of our PubIt platform further reinforces our long-standing commitment to authors and writers, and offers a significant opportunity to provide an even greater selection of reading material to our millions of customers,” said Theresa Horner, director of digital products at Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble is hoping to attract loads of new writers by agreeing to royalties well beyond the 10 to 12 percent rates typically offered by mainstream publishing…

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