Princeton University Press appears to be the first university press to join the e-singles game. On November 9, the press will launch Princeton Shorts, a series of nonfiction e-singles consisting of selections from previously published books.
The e-singles “stand alone well and which speak to either some current event or are just plain interesting and perfectly suited for digital digestion,” Rob Tempio, executive editor at Princeton UP, told me. The press is initially releasing five of them, priced from $0.99 to $4.99 depending on length, with more in the works. Titles include “The Future of Fossil Fuels,” from Kenneth S. Deffeyes’ Hubbert’s Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage, and “The Five Habits of Highly Effective Honeybees (And What We Can Learn From Them),” from Thomas Seeley’s Honeybee Democracy. The e-singles will be available on all e-reading platforms with the exception of Apple’s iBookstore.