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Old 08-22-2005, 01:14 PM   #1
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Amazon Shorts: More proof e-books are going mainstream?

Amazon.com Books has recently launched Amazon Shorts, "short literary works delivered digitally for 49 cents each". These e-books are previously unpublished short-form works of 2,000 - 10,000 words, fiction or nonfiction, offered exclusively by Amazon.com. Shorts are available in electronic formats only (PDF, HTML, plain-text e-mail) for viewing with a compatible viewer or for printing.

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Amazon Shorts are never-before-seen short works from a wide variety of well-known authors, available only on Amazon.com. Try a new genre or a new author--there's something for everyone. Amazon Shorts are:

* New short-form literature from top authors for only 49 cents
* Delivered electronically; there are no printed editions
* Yours forever after purchase; save or print and read at your
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More information about Amazon Shorts can be found here.

This is great news for e-books readers and authors alike, and it will likely help expose e-books to the masses. It's also a relief to see Amazon.com use standard formats without the use of restrictive DRM.

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Old 08-22-2005, 07:28 PM   #2
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This is good news! Non-DRM formats are a major step for Amazon (and a welcome one). The type of literature is interesting too. I can see this extending awareness of ebooks to many more people (Amazon is still _the_ online bookstore for most).

Kudos to Amazon for taking such a leap.

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49 cents is a good price. Multiply this by two or three, and you would have a fair price for full-length novel in digital format. Let's see how long it'll take publishers to understand that.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:45 AM   #4
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This is also an interesting business model. Writers don't get upfront money, but royalties from each click on their short fiction.
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Old 10-27-2005, 02:35 PM   #5
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There are some great storeis up there. I think $49 is a bargain. If you like humor, check out this one: Gas-n-Snack http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQ2IEO I just read it and it was really funny.
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Thanks much for the recommendation. That is a hilarious story!
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