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Amazon to start selling electronic downloads of short stories

August 23, 2005

Amazon is to begin offering Internet downloads of short stories, single scenes from novels and single chapters of books, as part of a new section called Amazon Shorts.

At the moment, this looks like being a US-only deal, and each download will cost just 49 cents.

The idea is that readers will be able to sample new authors at very little cost, or buy updates to books they already own or to read alternative endings to favourite stories.

Steve Kessel, Amazon.com's vice president of digital media told Reuters: "We hope that by making short-form literature widely and easily available, Amazon.com can help to fuel a revival of this kind of work."

Amazon says no digital rights management software is needed to download the stories. Readers can chose to view and read the short directly on a web page, to download a pdf file, or to have the plain text emailed straight to them.

Source: The Register



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