Amazon Announces Kindle Singles Classics

single classics kindle amazonAmazon launched a new publishing imprint in the Kindle Store on Tuesday.

Dubbed Kindle Singles Classics, the new imprint expands on the Kindle Singles imprint with a new focus on “iconic articles, stories and essays from well-known authors”.

137 titles are available now, all priced at 99 cents and $1.99 each, including pieces from writers like Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Susan Orlean, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, and Gay Talese, as well as authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut. Some of the articles  originally appeared in magazines like The Atlantic, Time, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Playboy.

In other words, the Single Classics imprint is an effort to monetize the content which Longform/Longreads used to sift and link to for free (they infrequently linked to older works, yes).

“Some writing is meant just for the moment, but much of it—the best of it—is worth reading and rereading,” said New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean. “Singles Classics finally gives us a way to enjoy those timeless pieces. As a reader, I’m thrilled to have access to the stories that mattered the most to me and ones that I somehow missed the first time around. As a writer, this is a really exciting innovation. It’s a chance to revitalize past work, to introduce it to today’s readers, and to give it both new immediacy and a true permanence.”

For those who belong to Amazon Prime or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, Single Classics will be available for free.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Dan Barnett19 July, 2016

    Nate, it seems only Kindle Unlimited subscribers read for free. Prime members pay 99 cents.

    1. Nate Hoffelder19 July, 2016

      I must have misread the press release.


  2. John20 July, 2016

    How do you get 99 cents, all I got is $3.30 when I check the page?

    1. Nate Hoffelder20 July, 2016

      Your IP address says you’re in China.

      Do you think that Amazon is looking at it, and then tacking on the delivery fees which they charge in some markets but not others?

      1. John21 July, 2016

        Actually, I’m in the US, not China.


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