99 cents a track… ???

One of the things that may have prompted the success of the iTunes music store was that it allowed us to buy single tracks for 99 cents (in the US) instead of the whole album. Maybe Amazon’s trying the same thing in a slightly different way. No, not books by the chapter, but shorter ‘singles’. From the New York Times:

Amazon on Tuesday introduced a new format it will begin selling in the Kindle Store, called Kindle Singles. The company describes these as texts that might be 10,000 to 30,000 words long. That would be roughly 30 to 90 pages of a printed book.

Amazon said in a press release that Kindle Singles could be “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book,” and would be priced much less than standard books.

 

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