Amazon has announced that best selling author Stephen King has chosen its Kindle Single platform to enter the world of self-publishing.
When you're as prolific a writer as Stephen King, you have a lot to say. Sometimes you want to get those words out to the public as quickly as possible, and traditional publishing isn't exactly built to handle that situation.
Enter Amazon and its Kindle Single platform.
Stephen King has written an essay entitled "Guns" about the current debate in the United States over gun ownership. The new work is being published only on the Kindle Single platform and retails for 99 cents, or it can be borrowed for free by Amazon Prime members.
From the description on Amazon:
In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.
Unknown authors have been finding great success by publishing through Amazon so it will be interesting to see what impact, if any, this has on the established author community when such a high profile figure tries it out.
Best-Selling Author Stephen King Publishes Kindle Single "Guns," Available Exclusively in the Kindle Store—You Won't Find it Anywhere Else
King's essay available for $0.99 to read on Kindle and all free Kindle reading appsSEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 25, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that the best-selling and iconic author Stephen Kinghas published a personal essay—"Guns"—available exclusively in the Kindle Storeas a Kindle Single. This essay highlights one of the compelling features of Kindle Singles—they allow top authors to publish their works quickly. "Guns" is available now, and exclusively to Kindle customers in the Kindle Singles Store(www.amazon.com/kindlesingles) for$0.99."I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about," said King. "If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job. Once I finished writing 'Guns' I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit."
"It's exciting to offer a way for a brilliant writer like King to publish quickly, and to reach a large audience of loyal readers and new customers," saidDavid Blum, editor of Kindle Singles. "King finished this essay last Friday morning, and by that night we had accepted it and scheduled for publication today."
Like all Kindle books, Kindle Singles are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere"—customers can read them on their Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Windows 8, PC and Mac.
Launched in 2011, Kindle Singles are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words. Too long for a magazine article and too short for a book, Kindle Singles allow ideas to be expressed at their natural length. Writers can learn more about submitting their work for consideration at www.amazon.com/singlessubmissions.
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