After the weekend’s eBook pricing battles, the question sounds strange. Nevertheless, The Atlantic has published a number of short stories in $3.99 Kindle-only editions–featuring fiction by Paul Theroux and Patricia Engel this month.
In a GalleyCat interview last year, Five Chapters founder and short story advocate David Daley remarked: “we all know what’s happened to the short story as a form in magazines. There used to be the Atlantic had one every week, but now they only do it once a year … All the places where authors might have gotten a few dollars a word for their stories have gone away.” If this new pricing model works, the short story could some new life.
Here’s more from eBooknewser: “Kindle Ain’t just eBooks. The Atlantic magazine and Amazon have a partnership going through which The Atlantic will publish two new stories at the beginning of each month exclusively on the Kindle. So far, the partnership has resulted in the publication of six stories, each of which costs $3.99.”