“Hereâ€™s whatÂ Kindle SinglesÂ actually are: probably the best reason to buy an e-reader in the first place. Theyâ€™re works of long-form journalism that seek out that sweet spot between magazine articles and hardcover books. Amazon calls them â€œcompelling ideas expressed at their natural length.â€
Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I think the analogy used in theÂ pamphleteeringÂ reference is spot on. Today’s self-publishing environment allows for a lot more writing output that simply might not have been possible even five years ago. Sure, some (or most) of it is going to suck. But there is going to be a lot of content and information that more than makes up for the dregs. Writing evolves to fit those technological advances (or, is that vice versa?).
Barnes & Noble borrowed the Kindle Singles idea, something I actually had not heard much about until now: Nook Snaps.