Amazon launches Kindle Single Classics series

K_single_classics1Back in 2011, Amazon launched a series of short form pieces for the Kindle called Kindle Singles. Today, Amazon has announced a new series called Kindle Singles Classics.

The new series is described as “a way to make iconic articles, stories and essays from well-known authors writing for top magazines and periodicals available in digital form, many for the first time.”

According to the press release, the initial launch features over 140 works that consist of both fiction and non-fiction. A variety of writers are represented: Susan Orlean , Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Gay Talese and Chang-rae Lee, as well as short stories from best-selling authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut.The works draw from magazines like Time, Playboy and the New York Times Magazine. Some of the pieces date back decades.

Singles Classics are priced from 99 cents and are available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

In the press release, Amazon does note that “writers and publishers sell their previously published work via Kindle Direct Publishing”, which means that we will probably be seeing more previously published content in the series. If the series works the same way as Kindle Singles, works will probably require approval before they can be published.

Back before Amazon established the 99 cent threshold for books and stories published for the Kindle, I used to find a large number of (undoubtedly illegal) science fiction and fantasy stories available for pennies. I remember seeing Damon Knight’s classic  “Not With a Bang” priced at only 10 cents for the short story.

While I am not overly excited about a glut of old material surfacing on Amazon, there are some amazing short works, especially in the SFF genre, that I would love to read again. Many were originally published in anthologies that have been orphaned or gone out of print and are not available in e-versions. Seeing some of those works available would be wonderful!

Can I be the first to request “Whatever Became of the McGowans?”

Daily Links and Deals: Why does using a period in a text message make you sound insincere or angry?

daily_links_1Today, a look at what people read into using a period in a text message. Also, the Library of Congress has been hacked, perusing 50 years of Star Trek lawsuits and a librarian hands out books at the RNC convention. Today’s deals feature up to 50 off on Logitech PC accessories and a refurbished Vizio soundbar.

Daily Links for Tuesday, July 19, 2016:

Library of Congress wracked by DNS attack (FCW)  The website seems to be still intermittently down.

Why does using a period in a text message make you sound insincere or angry? (The Conversation) Grammar versus the norm and what it says about you. I wonder how long before using punctuation in texts becomes a tell-tale sign of your age, like using two spaces after a period does now….

The Pleads Of The Many: 50 Years of Star Trek Lawsuits (Trademark and Copyright Law) An interesting piece on Star Trek lawsuit history.

This Librarian Handing Out Books At The RNC Wants To “Make America Read Again” (Bustle) I have got to admit that this is an interesting approach to getting people to read.

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Drinking Closer to Home: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 50% off select Logitech PC accessories, including mice and keyboards. Also, a Vizio refurbished 38″ soundbar and MEE audio M7P Secure-Fit Sports In-Ear Headphones with Mic, Remote, and Universal Volume Control.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find includes a number of travel guides in the “Rough Guides” series. The Romance Daily Find is Test Drive by Marie Harte.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Duke of My Heart: A Season for Scandal (Book 1) by Kelly Bowen. The Extra Daily Deal is The Bookseller A Novel by Cynthia Swanson.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver.

If you enjoy YA books, Google Books has a collection of Teen Reads Under $5.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.