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Amazon launches ‘single-sitting’ imprint with Joyce Carol Oates story

Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Sign of the Beast' is one of the first titles on Amazon's Original Stories imprint. — AFP pic Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Sign of the Beast' is one of the first titles on Amazon's Original Stories imprint. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 — Amazon has revealed a new publishing imprint focusing on fiction and non-fiction works that can be read in a single sitting, beginning with a story by Joyce Carol Oates and the story that inspired the Amazon Studios film Crown Heights.

As streaming services corner the market on binge-watching, Amazon is looking to find a niche in single-sitting reads with its latest venture, indicating the time each story will take to read alongside its title and author.

Oates’ story The Sign of the Beast, called a “dreamike and sinister tale”, is available at launch and is said to be a 66-minute read.

Crown Heights by Colin Warner and Carl King is said to take 98 minutes.

W. Kamau Bell, Jade Chang, Eddie Huang, Janice Y.K. Lee, Walter Kirn, Dean Koontz, Wednesday Martin, Nick McDonell, Harold Schechter, Dan Slater, Dodai Stewart and Susan Straight will be among the other authors to contribute stories to the new imprint.

Amazon is building on its Kindle Singles programme, which likewise presents short-form titles, and the newly shared titles will be available in its Kindle Singles store.

They will be available for Prime and Kindle Unlimited members at no additional cost and will sell for US$1.99 (RM8.14) each for other customers. — AFP-Relaxnews

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