Amazon is still proving it's ahead of the power curve in innovation of new publishing models and dynamics.

By introducing a shorter and cheaper model for works 10K to 30K words in length (about 30 to 90 pages of print) Amazon is climbing way out of the old established print molds for publishing; and, I might add, opening up the public to unique stories, theses and papers that were previously unavailable to the public on a large published scale...not to mention a new source of revenue for writers! 

Nick Bilton writes this for the Bits Blog in the New York Times:

E-readers and smartphones have brought big changes to the publishing industry, but is aiming to bring some more with a new format for shorter and cheaper e-books.

As it stands now, consumers read texts of a variety of lengths on these devices: long-form books, medium-length magazine articles, short blog posts or tiny Twitter updates.

All of these show up on the same screen, and none of them need to conform to the traditional lengths of printed products.

Recognizing these changes, Amazon on Tuesday introduced a new format it will begin selling in the KindleStore, 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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