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アマゾン Kindle Singles 発表、短編作品の出版をアピール

Haruka Ueda
2010年10月13日, 午後01:30 in Amazon
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あの手この手で電子書籍の盛り上げを目指す米アマゾンが、今度はKindle Singlesの立ち上げを発表しました。これは1万ワードから3万ワード(だいたい30ページから90ページ分)という、中途半端な長さの文章をKindleプラットフォームで電子出版するというもの。フィクション・ノンフィクションを問わず、出版業界では1万ワード以下なら雑誌に、5万ワード以上ならすんなり本に、という流れがありますが、この中間については出版しようにも行き場がないという問題がありました。(余談ながらスティーヴン・キングは扱いに困った中編を四作まとめて「恐怖の四季」にしたという逸話があります)

あらためてKindle Singlesなどと言われなくても電子書籍なら何ページで出版しようと問題ないはずですが、こうしてデジタルならではの強みをしっかりアピールすることで、行き場に困っていた作家に「そうだKindleへ行こう」と気付かせる狙いは見てとれます。またKindle Singlesでは、ただでさえ価格破壊と言われる電子書籍の値段がさらに「ずっと安く」設定されるということですので、iTunesが音楽アルバムという形態を解体したように、Kindleも長編本から中編切り売りへと移行を迫るのかもしれません。もっとも、Kindle Singlesの具体的な姿はまだなく、プレスリリースには「関心のある企業は連絡を」とメールアドレスが記載されているだけ。紙の本ではありえないヒット作品が出てくるのを楽しみにしましょう。



Amazon to Launch "Kindle Singles"- Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length

Kindle Singles, Which Can Be Twice the Length of a New Yorker Feature or as Much as a Few Chapters of a Typical Book, Coming Soon to the Kindle Store

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)-Less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000: that is the choice writers have generally faced for more than a century-works either had to be short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the "heft" required for book marketing and distribution. But in many cases, 10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a single killer idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated-whether it's a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.

Today, Amazon is announcing that it will launch "Kindle Singles"-Kindle books that are twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book. Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store and be priced much less than a typical book. Today's announcement is a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world.

"Ideas and the words to deliver them should be crafted to their natural length, not to an artificial marketing length that justifies a particular price or a certain format," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. "With Kindle Singles, we're reaching out to publishers and accomplished writers and we're excited to see what they create."

Like all Kindle content, Kindle Singles will be "Buy Once, Read Everywhere"-customers will be able to read them on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. In addition, with the Kindle Worry-Free Archive, Kindle Singles will be automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.

To be considered for Kindle Singles, interested parties should contact digital-publications@amazon.com.

About Amazon


Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

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