Nonetheless, I am still terribly excited to share with everyone a wee bit about my next post, which is going to be about the best book I have read in 2011. Yes, it is that good and I absolutely ADORE reading it, which is why it I am taking some time to write about it but I promise, it is going to be out next week.
So for this post, I am introducing Kindle singles. In case if you have not heard about Kindle singles before, it is basically an essay or a short story, instead of a full-length novel usually sold on Amazon. I have tried reading two singles before and found that the overall reading experience is rather different from traditional books.
Foremost, each Kindle single cost between US$0 and US$4.99, which is really affordable and value for money. Moreover, there is also a wide range of genre to choose from the few hundreds Kindle singles currently available, which includes fiction and non-fiction and has topics from politics to romantic novels.
The two non-fiction books I have read are “Lying” by Sam Harris and “Media Makeover: Improving the News One Click at a Time,” by Alisa Miller.
Being of shorter length means these singles are no-frills, straight to the point type of narrative. They are very similar to the speeches made by presenters during a lecture, often having a point to make and they tend to be argumentative in nature.
Kindle singles are rather appropriate as an interstitial particularly after reading a heavy or lengthy book, giving me a short reprieve from all the excitement and action that could at times be taxing on the mind.
I tend to have a much shorter attention span for non-fiction books because they tend to discuss very focused topics that I might not be that interested in. As such, browsing through a Kindle single is the perfect bite-sized portion.
For instance, in “Media Makeover,” Miller suggests to us how to be better consumers of news, which is increasing overwhelming our daily lives as communication technology improves substantially. Naturally, most people would not be interested to sit down and read a thick literature about media literacy, therefore, the Kindle single format makes such topics much more digestible and palatable.
I personally think Kindle singles are a wonderful alternative for busy people who cannot devote too much time and effort to reading at great lengths. Try it if you have not!