Flash! Kindle Singles are here

Flash! Kindle Singles are here

As I wrote about back in October, Amazon is introducing Kindle Singles. 

These are short pieces…longer than a magazine article, shorter than a book. 

In this

Press Release

Amazon says they are between 5,000 and 30,000 words.  Traditionally, that would be between twenty and 120 pages.

Weirdly, Amazon lists page counts in the press release.  Really?  I was presuming that these were originals that hadn’t been in paper ever.  If that’s the case, there is no page to count…e-books (or e-texts) don’t have pages.

This again makes me want word counts for Kindle store items, right on the product page.  That would be the best indicator of length for me.

Is this going to work?

The prices seem like they might be too high…

Let’s take this an example:

Homo Evolutis 
by Juan Enriquez, Steve Gullans

This sounds like something I would want to read.  It’s one of the first TEDBooks.  TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a fascinating conference, and there have been some really important lectures. 


Check out some of the lectures on YouTube.

This work is about how Homo sapiens is changing, due to a number of factors.

Actually, I just looked: this is 721KB, and a typical Kindle novel is 800kb.  That actually sounds pretty good (depending on how many graphics there are).

I got a sample…it was 213 locations, with quite a few images (each image is a location, as are, apparently, 128 characters including invisible formatting characters).

So, is $2.99 reasonable?

It’s competing with 191,045 items in the Kindle store that are $2.99 or lower (including free). 

Hmm…for a non-fiction title like this, I could see it.

How about three short fiction pieces from Jodi Picoult?

Leaving Home

I think that’s problematic…there are a lot of novels in that range (although not necessarily by authors as well-known).

It will be interesting to watch.  I have no doubt that some of them will jump to the best-selling titles for the next couple of days…then, after people try the idea, we’ll see how it goes.

You can see the list here:

Kindle Singles

I’ll be interested in your feedback…if you get one, let me know if you think it was worth the cost.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

2 Responses to “Flash! Kindle Singles are here”

  1. tuxgirl Says:

    I think that this could be very good for some kindle owners, particularly the set who always read bestsellers or favorite authors. For those of us who read indies, however, I think this will be less useful, unless amazon allows them to price novellas under a dollar…

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