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Wikert on Kindle Singles and the size question
October 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

kindle singlesThe vexed question of that extra length has resurfaced in the blogosphere, with content industry critic Joe Wikert posting his latest evaluation of the state of Amazon's online strategy and the way the ebook ecosystem is going. And it's not hard to guess the direction of his thinking from the post's title: "Kindle Singles and the future of ebooks." [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150"] Joe Wikert[/caption] Two of his points are fairly general, and not especially about size - as well as fairly often made in other contexts. "Amazon becomes the publisher" and "Kill the competition (publishers and retailers)" are analyses - or...

Thoughts on the Obama Kindle Single Interview
August 4, 2013 | 1:43 pm

ObamaThis isn't a review of the now-legendary e-single per se; it's more along the lines of an observation about it, and the situation surrounding it. First, a few comments about the e-single: There's nothing earth shattering in it, and I wasn't expecting anything. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading what the President had to say about the economy. I thought his statistic regarding the average student debt being about $100K summed up a big part of what's wrong with the current economy. He was respectful in his criticism of his Republican adversaries, but that's been my observation of President Obama from the...

Amazon Update: Fun Friday Kindle e-books and more
August 2, 2013 | 6:31 pm

AmazonBy Moe Zilla I’ve been amazed by just how many discounts Amazon has started offering on their Kindle e-books. Right now there’s at least three different sales going on, plus at least one fascinating free e-book that just turned up in Amazon’s Kindle Store. And there was some surprising news about Amazon this week, including an article about how they’re pricing their books. Here’s some fun links to both the sales and the stories, to help you celebrate the arrival of the weekend with your Kindle! Amazon Discounts 500 More E-Books! The best discount is a surprise discount, and browsing Amazon this week I discovered a very special announcement:...

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada’s best-read city; and more
August 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital Paywall (Good e-Reader) What is very exciting, is how the Sun is taking a departure from the standard way news companies make money online and doing some fairly innovative things. * * * Amazon's Interview with President Obama is Now Available as a Free Kindle Single (GigaOM) Amazon’s interview with President Obama is now available free in the Kindle Store. * * * Vancouver #1 Most...

Amazon Launches Kindle Single Interviews
July 26, 2013 | 11:23 am

Kindle Single InterviewsI do like what Amazon is doing with short-form writing, and the Kindle Singles Interviews is a good addition to the Singles family. The series debuts with an interview with Shimon Peres, the President of Israel, and it'll set you back a whopping $0.99. I know: You can get entire novels for that price, but I still think this is a good idea. It had seemed like short-form reading had been going out of favor as fewer magazines devoted to them were available. It's a great niche for the e-format, however. No printing costs. Easy distribution. All the factors that have made...

Morning Roundup: UK’s anti-porn filtering being handled by Huawei
July 26, 2013 | 10:38 am

HuaweiUK's Anti-Porn Filtering Being Handled by a Chinese Company (Techdirt) Huawei, a Chinese firm, is performing the actual filtering for UK web traffic. No one knows filtering better than the originators of the Internet Great Firewall, and even though Huawei is not a state-run company, due to its nationality, there will always be questions as to its overall allegiance. * * * Amazon Reports Loss on Revenues of 15.7B; Highlights Kindle Success (GigaOM) Amazon announced Q2 earnings Thursday afternoon, delivering a loss of $7 million in a quarter when its stock hit a record high. * * * Kindle Singles Introduces the Long-Form Interview (Good e-Reader) Long-form journalism and...

How Popular Are Amazon’s Kindle Singles?
May 3, 2013 | 12:05 pm

Kindle SinglesBy Moe Zilla The New York Times ran a fascinating profile of David Blum, the editor of Amazon’s “Kindle Singles” store. But along the way, they also took a look at the whole phenomenon of Singles—and what it means for the future of books. Amazon has sold nearly 5 million Kindle singles over the last 27 months, according to the article about Blum, who tells the newspaper that “Every day I become more obsessed with how brilliant the concept is…” But it’s got me wondering just how popular the Kindle Singles really are… Blum tells the newspaper he’s now receiving more than 1,000 unsolicited manuscripts each month,...

Weekend Reading Roundup — Is book discovery only a problem for publishers?
February 16, 2013 | 9:14 am

Brown's Nautical AlmanacHere's the problem with publishers' book discovery problem (Paid Content) Why Stephen King was wrong to publish 'Guns' as a Kindle Single (NY Daily News) Amazon to Investigate Claims of Worker Intimidation at German Centers (New York  Times) Publishing is tough these days — unless you're in nautical almanacs, apparently (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deals: 'Beautiful Creatures' books for $2.99 (and 3 others)  ...

Short-Form Digital Grows at University Presses
September 19, 2012 | 11:03 am

Back in March, the Digital Digest profiled Princeton Shorts, a new short-form e-book program launched last fall by Princeton University Press. At least two more AAUP presses have launched short e-book programs this spring: Stanford, with Stanford Briefs, and North Carolina, with UNC Press E-Book Shorts. The basic idea of short-form digital is not original to university presses. Anticipating the evolving desires of e-readership, Amazon launched its Kindle Singles format in January 2011, canvassing for medium-length (5,000-30,000) word pieces ("longer than a magazine article, shorter than a book.") Publishers Weekly reports that they are selling just fine, with the top two or three Singles consistently ranking among...

Amazon rolls out X-Ray for Movies, Immersion Reading, Kindle Serials and Whispersync for Voice
September 7, 2012 | 11:55 am

By Arnold Zafra | for the Technology Tell network Along with the new products it launched yestertoday, Amazon also introduced some new features on its devices related to content consumption. These new features are X-Ray for Movies, Immersion Reading, Kindle Serials and Whispersync for Voice. Let’s take a look at each one of these new features: X-Ray for Movies X-Ray for Movies is a new feature made possible through collaboration with IMDb. According to Amazon, it revolutionizes the movie experience by bringing the power of IMDb directly to movies on the Kindle Fire HD. It allows users to look up any actor in...

Kindle Singles program accepts submissions of new stories
July 21, 2012 | 7:45 pm

Kindle-SinglesOn his blog, writer Stephen Woodfin has written discussing using the Amazon Kindle Singles program for publishing shorter works. We’ve mentioned this program before, but Woodfin notes that the program has now established submission guidelines. I’m not sure whether those guidelines were actually added recently or have been around for a while, but this is the first time I’ve seen them pointed out at least. I had thought that the Kindle Singles program had not been open to the general public, but now it seems anyone can submit. The Kindle Singles program is not actually a self-publishing...

Users From Outside Us Don’t Pay International Fee for Kindle Singles
April 5, 2012 | 9:40 am

  Everyone who lives outside US knows this devil feature of Kindle Store – a mysterious international fee. It usually ranges from $2 to $4, and it’s not proportional to the price of the book. It doesn’t hurt that much when you buy a book which costs, let’s say $12.99. But if you want to get the cheap one, be prepared to pay twice as much as in the US. For instance, you have to pay $3.44 in Poland, if you want to buy one of the 99-cent self-published books. Luckily, there are certain books for which you won’t pay international fee. First...