In the world of published fiction there are short stories (usually published in magazines or book collections) and novels. Non-fiction works tends to follow the same pattern: Very short or very long. We don’t see much in the way of “novellas” in the world of fiction these days (or, at least, I don’t). But, there are place for these medium length works of fiction and non-fiction in the 5,000 to 30,000 word range. And, I’m happy to see that mobile technology in the form of ebook reader devices and apps have enabled the re-emergence of the middle length wriing form. That’s the thrust behind Amazon’s latest effort.
The Kindle Singles store (a reference to the old music singles vs. albums) prices these works between 99 cents and $4.99. A quick look at the store indicates that $1.99 and $2.99 are the price sweet spots. You can find Kindle Singles at:
I should note that O’Reilly Media started something very similar a few years ago. Their Short Cuts books series are shorter form technology books that are only available as PDF downloads and priced in the $4.99 to $9.99 range. My book Windows for Intel Macs was one of the earliest titles released in 2006.