Today Amazon (actually Kindle) announced the launch of new “Singles Classics”, an add-on to the Kindle Singles section of the Kindle store with shorter-length titles.
Kindle Singles Classics are essays and stories written by iconic authors curated from popular magazines and periodicals.
Most Singles Classics are priced at $0.99 and they are available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
There are over 140 essays and short stories available at launch.
Some of the authors include Susan Orlean, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Gay Talese, Chang-rae Lee, with short stories from best-selling authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut.
The Singles Classics often come from work published in magazines such as TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic and Playboy.
Kindle Singles Classics can be read on any Kindle or Fire tablet device, of course, plus on any of the Kindle reading apps.
On a side note, Amazon’s Kindle marketing is getting kind of strange. It’s like they’re trying to turn “Kindle” into some separate entity. I thought it was weird the other day when the Kindle Team asked people to join the discussion at Amazon to “share directly with Kindle”. Yeah, let’s have a conversation with an inanimate object. That makes a lot of sense.
Now today the press release is phrased, “Today, Kindle announced the launch of Singles Classics”.
Weird. I didn’t know Kindles could talk, much less organize the launch of new products. I guess that new VoiceView feature is a lot more powerful than we all thought. How long before Kindle turns into skynet. 🙂