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Initial post: Jun 30, 2011 11:08:22 PM PDT
M. Brown says:
Hi. I am very new to Kindle, in fact, I just ordered the 3G unit a couple of days ago and have not received it yet...but I'm doing a lot of investigating on the "Kindle community" here! :) So, I'm curious -- I see this category of e-books called "Kindle Singles". Why are these titles in a category of their own? What makes them different, and do you find these titles are very worthwhile?

Thanks! --Michael

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 11:35:38 PM PDT
Joanna says:
Kindle singles are essays or short stories rather than full length books

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 4:21:08 AM PDT
A. Sisk says:
I never thought I would be interested in a single...but I stumbled across one the other day that I had great interest in. I did thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a story that while interesting, would not have made enough story for a novel. Only 400 or so locations.

In this case I thought it was worth it....as it was a little known voice about a subject I care deeply about. I wouldn't rush tout to LOOK for singles, and I still wouldn't buy one without a sample....but worth considering.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 5:47:55 AM PDT
Kindle Singles is Amazon's attempt to suppress the mountain of spam books flooding the Amazon publishing market right now.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/16/us-amazon-kindle-spam-idUSTRE75F68620110616

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 3:42:29 PM PDT
I personally felt cheated when I bought the first two and likely won't buy them again.
e.g. Lee Child writes novels with Jack Reacher as the central character and when I bought it the term single was as strange to me as it is to you. It turned out to be a very short story less than a novella and is something that in a full book would have covered perhaps two chapters. The other one I bought was much the same so be careful in what you buy. I made the mistake of shopping by price then author.
Don't get me wrong. I love my Kindle and use it most of the time for reading but I am much more aware now about what I buy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 3:54:40 PM PDT
A. Sisk says:
Cheated? How...were you expecting full novels?

I've now read two and thought both were worth the buck.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 8:13:22 AM PDT
Daniel says:
I'm new to the kindle as well and I accidently bought a single (lying by Sam Harris) although it was really short I loved it. I would definitely buy another single if it was a topic I was interested in.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 9:58:59 PM PST
A. M. Kilian says:
Agree. I now look at the number of pages to make sure I'm not cheated into buying a single which is often close to the price of a full book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 10:27:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2011 10:28:48 PM PST
Good to see you were an instant expert with lower expectations.
I have bought many books for a buck which represented much more value for the money.
Newbies beware. Prices are increasing for ebooks so make sure you comparison shop and do not buy on price alone. Understand what it is you are buying.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 12:02:55 PM PST
Im more into long novels, short stories always leave me wanting more...

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 12:47:48 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
I hope Kindle Singles, do well. I'm a big fan of the short story genre and it's been sad to see that area decline over the years (less anthologies published, less magazines, etc). I'm hoping the digital market can reinvorgorate short story sales (as well as just the short-form writing in general, as in essays).

Apple's iBookstore offers something similar to the Kindle Singles, so for me, coming from the iPad/iPhone, it was easy for me to figure out what 'Singles' meant, but I can see why others can get confused.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 7:39:11 PM PST
Long or short, a good read is a good read.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 1:02:05 AM PST
MissyKitty says:
i definately agree. I know a lot of people that would actually prefer a short but enjoyabl read then a long story wth a bunch of unnecissary (I know i spelled that wrong) details put in just to fill the space. Also I personallhave a tendency of wanting to know what happens next so bad i lose sleep over a book andthe singles could prove a way to enjoy reading without the sleep loss. On one final note occasionally a write will sell one for freeor at a ver low price as sort of an introduction to their wriing style. It can be a great way to sample an autors writing without payin wat the would charge for a larger one.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 1:53:29 PM PST
D. Cohen says:
Does a kindle single only refer to fiction? Could it be a short essay that is non-fiction? Also, how do people know the length because it seems there are short ebooks in the regular kindle store. I am not clear on what differentiates these 2 categories.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 4:17:45 AM PST
Hilaire says:
Can a Kindle single also be defined as a piece of writing that is self-published in digital form only?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 4:20:45 AM PST
Hilaire says:
Rex in the City is full of mistakes large and small. Was absolutely no proof reading done? Is there no time for proof reading? Are mistakes part of the bargain when you pay a little for digital books?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 4:46:56 AM PST
From the Amazon Singles Page:

Kindle Singles is here to offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform. Our writers take you places you can't get to any other way, on journeys of fact and fiction that share these common threads: they're the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 4:51:06 AM PST
Which just sounds like marketing speak for "Kindle singles are too short to call 'books'"

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 9:35:01 AM PST
L. Young says:
How do you find the number of pages in a book before purchasing it?

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 3:28:57 PM PST
Cilla Girl says:
I am new to kindle also..can't figure out where my documents are so I can download local library books?? Can anyone Help..Please

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 11:49:27 AM PST
Quadma69 says:
I could care less if its a long read or a short read as long as it holds my interest I am all IN.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 6:58:01 PM PST
Mark Jensen says:
Short stories I don't mind, but if it's an abridged version of a longer novel they should say so.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 7:10:57 AM PDT
I think the main issue here relates to expectations. I also ordered my first single without knowing what the term meant. I love reading and writing short stories so the singles are a good product for me. When I pay for a book- I'm not paying by the word. I think price should reflect the experience of the author. I'd be willing to pay more for a short story by a well-known accomplished writer than I would a full novel by an obscure author whose work was mediocre.

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