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October 16, 2010

Amazon Singles - a new outlet for photography essays?

Photography Essays (and other text-only introspective/meta-writings on photography) may have potentially found a new outlet that may (or may not) be ideally suited for them - the new "Amazon Singles". With a name like that, some of you may be thinking 45rpm singles, some of you may be thinking cheese slices, but they are neither ;-) It's a new feature that Amazon has quietly announced, that targets thoughtful and insightful pieces of work that are not long enough to be a typical book and not short enough to be a typical in-depth article.

This opens the door to talented writers who may not have the necessary connections in the industry to get their books published or simply don't want to go through the hassle of trying to get published, but instead prefer to self-publish and offer their work directly to the people. The "Singles" will be offered in the Kindle Store which is already accessible on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Kindle devices.

The press release sets the tone for what they are looking for, "... a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers...". So the expectation seems to be for something more like Susan Sontag's "On Photography", rather than a long blog-post on why full-frame is better than APS-C.

So if you like to write in-depth about photography, or if you have any friends who do, let them know about it.

Further Reading
+ discussed at the The Kindle Chronicles podcast (listen in-browser or download mp3)
+ Wired
+ Fast Company
+ web coverage at Techmeme

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