If you’re not familiar with Kindle Singles* they are short works of fiction and non-fiction found in Amazon’s Kindle Store that are intended to be read by the reader in one sitting.

And among the many Kindle Singles are some excellent works that focus on current events. And in relation, one of the great things about this new type of literary work is that journalists can quickly write up essays or short pieces regarding current events, as they are unfolding, and then quickly digitally publish their works. So youdon’t have to wait months to read a new work relating to a current event; you can actually read a Kindle Single about the event while it is still a current event!

And another good thing about these short literary works is the price. Most of them are priced at less than five dollars.

For example, consider the top five works on Amazon’s List of the Best of 2011: Kindle Singles list:

The Saint by Oliver Broudy – Price: $1.99

Blood on the Tracks by Cecelia Holland – Price: $1.99

Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer – Price: $2.99

Let the Great Axe Fall by Robert Blecker – Price: $1.99

The heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield – Price: $0.99

Not one of those titles costs more than $2.99!

In relation, the New York Times has an article on this subject today titled Electronic Mini-Books That Allow Writers To Stretch Their Legs and it discusses this subject and offers additional suggestions for great Kindle Single works including John Hooper’s Fatal Voyage: The Wrecking of the Costa Concordia ($1.99) and Death Comes to Happy Valley: Penn State and the Tragic Legacy of Joe Paterno ($1.99).

Check it out!

Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/books/kindle-singles-genre-between-magazine-articles-and-books.html?_r=1&ref=books

*Note: There are other publishers that put out e-singles and a few of them are mentioned in the New York Times article.

Linda R.

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