Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Classics

AmazonAmazon announced today the launch of Kindle Singles Classics, a new series of essays and stories from iconic authors. Many of the essays are available digitally for the first time. Singles Classics are exclusive to Kindle and free for Kindle Unlimited members.

Full press release below:

Kindle Announces Singles Classics

Singles Classics launches with essays and stories by iconic authors, including John le Carré, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Susan Orlean, curated from top magazines

Many now available digitally for the first time

Singles Classics are exclusive to Kindle, free for Kindle Unlimited members, and can be read on Kindle E-readers, Fire Tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 19, 2016– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Kindle announced the launch of Singles Classics—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. Readers can now enjoy easy access to hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by some of their favorite authors. Singles Classics are priced from $0.99 and available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. To discover Singles Classics visit

Launching with more than 140 essays and stories, Singles Classics includes works from writers like Susan Orlean, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Gay Talese and Chang-rae Lee, and short stories from best-selling authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut. Singles Classics features memorable work originally published in celebrated magazines like TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic and Playboy. From magazine cover stories that defined a generation, to award-winning articles that challenged the status quo and short stories by revered writers, Singles Classics pays tribute to the lasting power of the written word.

“Some writing is meant just for the moment, but much of it—the best of it—is worth reading and rereading,” said New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean. “Singles Classics finally gives us a way to enjoy those timeless pieces. As a reader, I’m thrilled to have access to the stories that mattered the most to me and ones that I somehow missed the first time around. As a writer, this is a really exciting innovation. It’s a chance to revitalize past work, to introduce it to today’s readers, and to give it both new immediacy and a true permanence.”

“Today’s readers might never have the opportunity to discover great works like Ron Rosenbaum’s ‘The Secrets of the Little Blue Box,’ Marcelle Clements’ ‘The Dog Is Us’ or TIME Magazine’s legendary 1966 cover story ‘Is God Dead?,’” said David Blum, Editor of Kindle Singles. “With Singles Classics, we are making these seminal works easy to find and afford – by a student writing a term paper or by readers in search of short works by the writers they love.”

Kindle Singles launched in 2011 to showcase great fiction and nonfiction between 5,000 and 30,000 words – compelling ideas expressed at their natural length. Now with Singles Classics, readers have access to the articles and stories that have shaped decades of conversation and thought.

With Singles Classics, writers and publishers sell their previously published work via Kindle Direct Publishing, which will earn them up to 70% royalties from the sale of every copy and allow them to retain the rights to their work.

Customers can download and read Singles Classics on their Kindle E-readers, Fire Tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anything, anytime, anywhere visit

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One thought on “Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Classics

  1. Michael W. Perry

    Quote: “Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking.

    “Customer obsession rather than competitor focus.” Not sure what that means. The two aren’t contradictory, so why treat them as if they were? The success of a competitor can tell you a lot about what customers want.

    “Passion for invention.” Taking ‘invention’ to mean devices, I draw a blank. Anything particularly inventive about epaper Kindles? No, so much so that I see little reason to replace my now-ancient Kindle 3. None work with Bluetooth keyboard for note taking. None can use a BT mouse for paging. That’s pitiful. How about Amazon’s tablets? No, just cheap. That smartphone? An utter bust. It’s only new feature was a 3-D screen that no one wanted. How about ebook formats? Nope, they’re only slightly less awful that the Palm Pilot ebooks of fifteen years ago. The list of what a publisher can’t do in mobi/KF8 formatting an ebook remains far longer than what it can do. Amazon really should join everyone else and support epub. It should again supply an InDesign plug-in.

    “Committment to operational excellence.” Again, not sure what that means. Are other companies committed to operational incompetence? I think not.

    “Long-term thinking.” There’s some truth there, although it might be more apt to suggest that it’s not just much that Amazon thinks long-term as that many of its publishing competitors can’t see past their next annual report. That reflects and industry that for all too long did not have to adapt to technological change.

    Note what isn’t said. Amazon has no committment to the good health of publishing in general. It wants to acquire as many sales as possible (note the exclusives for this new program). It wants to squeeze authors and publishers for every penny possible. Look at Amazon ebook pricing, particularly the huge price range for which it will only pay 35% for retail, and you’ll see that it is so awful, it manages to simultaneously drive prices up while driving down the income of authors and publishers. That threatens the long-term viability of the industry. Amazon is not an author’s friend.

    Other publishers and retailers take into account the need to keep the entire market healthy. Amazon looks after Amazon, first, last and always.



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