In an interesting move, Amazon today announced that it will launch a category in the Kindle Store called Kindle Singles that features works longer than a typical magazine article or "as much as a few chapters of a typical book."
The company says this shorter art form will be offered at lower prices than full-length books.
"In many cases, 10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a single killer idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated--whether it's a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event," Amazon said.
Authors will now have a place to funnel those types of creations, and Amazon is calling on "serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world."
There's no word on when the new service will launch, exactly how much "Singles" will cost, or whether they'll be uploaded via Amazon's do-it-yourself DTP (Digital Text Platform). But I'm guessing that Singles could be sold for as little as 49 cents and assume there will be some free content available.
Obviously, Amazon sees a potentially lucrative revenue stream in unearthing these shorter pieces, which haven't had a real marketplace to call home. Also, some feel that e-readers are conducive to reading shorter books and that in years to come we'll see content transformed to better suit new digital readers, which now include devices such as smartphones that have smaller screens.
To be considered for Kindle Singles, Amazon said, interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.