Miniature Books for Kindle and Nook-Love it or Hate It?

We all have read that the internet makes us have shorter and shorter attention spans and so now there is a company who is going to offer shortened versions of books for the Kindle and Nook digital readers.  These condensed books are anywhere from between 1,000 and 5,000 words long as opposed to their longer counterparts and they will come at a cost of just a few dollars apiece.  I guess you could say that they are digitalized Cliff notes of sorts! So far the only types of books being offered in this new, shortened version are business books geared toward the professionals who may appreciate them due to time constraints. The FT Press, which is a division of Pearson, came up with the idea and is keen on selling quick tidbits of advice for a couple of dollars. This publisher is using the name FT Press Delivers and is now selling what is called Elements and Shorts through the Kindle ebook store and the Barnes & Noble ebook shop as well. The Shorts are essays that have been newly written which are composed of around 5,000 words, costing $2.99 while the Elements are bare-boned   1,000-2,000 word versions of books already published. Amazon has already discounted the prices but so far Barnes & Noble has kept the original prices set by the publisher.  Timothy Moore, publisher of the FT Press said that his company has over 240 titles published so far and plans to have 500 by year's end. This certainly would not work for novels or for books that have extensive plot developments but it could be an idea for text or reference books.  So far, such books as "Re-engineering the Rules of Management" by James Champy are available as are other business best sellers. It is believed that there is a demand out there for shortened versions of business-related ebooks.  There are people who do not have the time nor the desire to sit down and pour through a long and serious business book-and that sounds perfectly reasonable considering how fast-paced our lives have become. What do you think? Do you think there is a market for shortened, condensed books in the ebook reader world? Can you make screen capture? No!? Do it easy!

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