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Amazon Debuts Kindle Singles

Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Program For Shorter Works

Taking advantage of the Kindle's defining feature — no paper to restrict a work — Amazon has unveiled a new publishing platform called Kindle Singles for works that fall somewhere in between "novel" and "short story." According to Amazon, the official accepted length will be "twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book," so think upwards of 6,000 words (a typical novel is 30,000-40,000). Accepted content will be available on all versions of the Kindle and all devices running the Kindle application, including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Find out what kind of content to expect after the break.

While Amazon hasn't provided too many details about exactly what it's looking for, the VP of Kindle Content says, "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." With this move, Amazon assures its readers they won't be limited to reading produced works crafted to fit into rigid "novel" or "short story" categories. Kindle Singles won't be open to everyone — it's designed to feature content from established writers and publishing houses.

There's no word on when the new Singles program will debut, but interested "serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians, and publishers" are encouraged to submit their works for consideration.

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