Kindle Serials: A New (Old) Way To Read Books From Amazon

    September 6, 2012
    Chris Crum

Amazon had a number of new announcements today in the Kindle department. More on all of that here.

One announcement that hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as Amazon’s new Kindle devices, however, may give people more of a reason to use the devices. Amazon announced Kindle Serials, which let users pay for a whole series of books up front, and then get future stories as they become available.

This is a way to get a full story broken up into chunks, just like the old serial novel, only in this scenario, you’d just buy the first one, and the rest of them would come to your for free. And digitally, as opposed to in paper, obviously.

CEO Jeff Bezos said Kindle Singles has been very successful, with the company having sold 3.5 million Singles, this is an interesting extension of that. As he outlined, with Serials, users can buy once, and receive all future episodes automatically and seamlessly. Users can also “join the discusson”.

The offering is reportedly kicking off with works from Neal Pollack and Andrew Peterson, and will reportedly include Charles Dickens novels.