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|Kindle Singles - Compelling Ideas Expressed At Their Natural Length - Now Available In The Kindle Store At Amazon.co.uk|
New Kindle Singles Store includes never before released content from popular UK writers such as Susan Hill, Candia McWilliam and Len Deighton
Luxembourg - 21 December 2012 – Before the advent of digital reading, a writer’s work often had to be shortened to fit into a magazine article or drawn out to deliver the "heft" required for a print book. Amazon EU today announced the launch of the Kindle Singles Store (www.amazon.co.uk/kindlesingles) at Amazon.co.uk, offering writers the opportunity to release their content with no artificial boundaries, and at the length they feel best expresses their ideas.
Described by The New York Times as “the best reason to buy an e-reader”, each Kindle Single is intended to allow a single compelling idea – well-researched, well-argued and well-illustrated – to be expressed at its natural length. Typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words, Kindle Singles are editorially curated and showcase writing from both new and established voices - from bestselling novelists and journalists to previously unpublished writers. Independent writers have the opportunity to earn 70% royalties on every Kindle Single they sell whilst retaining the rights to their work.
“Since we introduced Kindle Singles in the US last year the response from customers has been exceptional - over 4 million Kindle Singles have been sold to date. We think readers in the UK will enjoy the great range of content we have available so we’re excited to bring Kindle Singles to Amazon.co.uk customers,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Kindle EU. “Writers have responded with great enthusiasm and we’ve already got some very popular British writers onboard, with more to come in 2013.”
Kindle Singles are available to both Kindle device and app users, and are priced between £0.99 and £1.99. The first set of Kindle Singles available at Amazon.co.uk includes:
“Kindle Singles strikes me as a very exciting possibility for writers. There have been relatively few outlets in recent years for even established names to publish long essays or short stories in a stand-alone format at a price that makes sense. Now anyone can do so, with an immediacy that's very attractive,” said Sam Leith. “There's a huge range of things you can do in 5,000-30,000 words -- and as more people explore the possibilities of that length, the range will only expand."
Best-selling Kindle Singles from the Amazon.com Kindle Store will also be available including works by critically acclaimed writers Lee Child, Christopher Hitchens, Susan Orlean, Ann Patchett, Jodi Picoult and Jon Krakauer.
Kindle Singles have proved extremely popular with readers in the US. Lee Child’s “Second Son”, was released as a Kindle Single in August 2011 and went on to reach the #1 spot on the Amazon.com best sellers chart, selling in excess of 220,000 copies. Previously unpublished US writer and musician, Mishka Shubaly, has written four Singles, all true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. All have been best sellers and have earned Shubaly in excess of $148,000 in 18 months (over £90,000). For further information about Shubaly’s story see here.
Journalists, authors, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers are invited to contact the Amazon editors at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have a compelling idea they would like to put forward for consideration. Full submission guidelines can be found at www.amazon.co.uk/singlessubmissions.
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