Predictions in book publishing and short works for 2010 to 2020
By Nordette Adams on January 12, 2010
Earlier today I published a brief post on my blog about predictions for the publishing industry for 2010-2020. Read that here if you like, but one prediction that intrigued me was this from Mike Shatzkin:
Thanks to digital, there is no minimum length for a book anymore. Ebooks that are too short to be print books will become a real factor in ebook sales, opening up new opportunities for publishers but even more for authors. Short fiction is already well established in the romance genre and some major publishers have broken out stories from anthologies as separate items to be sold on Kindle. In 2010, authors and agents will discover that shorter-than-a-book works can be the subject of useful experimentation and learning through electronic publishing and, by the end of the year, it will become a frequently-employed device. Periodical media (newspapers and magazines) will also see this paid delivery mechanism as an alternative worth experimentation for them as well. After all, if a big publisher can unbundle a short story anthology to sell the individual stories as Kindle editons, why couldn’t The New Yorker sell the short fiction it publishes that way as well? This concept has been tipped by the announcement in 2009 than the web site Daily Beast will be delivering shorter books in a timely manner through electronic distribution.
I recall when Amazon launched Amazon Shorts. So far the writers I know who have marketed works through that entity have had lackluster success. Has anyone here tried selling shorter works in digital form? How's it worked for you?
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