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Jodi Picoult, Darin Strauss & Ron Rosenbaum Among First Kindle Singles Authors

Jodi Picoult, Darin Strauss & Ron Rosenbaum lead the pack of writers producing Kindle Singles–short works priced between 99-cents and $2.99. Will you buy these little books?

In October, Amazon unveiled a new eBook format, calling on “serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers” to contribute “singles” between 10,000 and 30,000-words (about 30-90 pages).

Here’s more about the Kindle Single from Picoult: “Leaving Home brings together three, previously published short pieces, each dealing with a variation on the theme of leaving home. The first, ‘Weights and Measures,’ deals with the tragic loss of a child; the second is a non-fiction letter Picoult wrote to her eldest son as he left for college; and, ‘Ritz’ tells the story of a mother who takes the vacation all mothers need sometime.”

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What’s He Building in There?

200px-JD_Salinger-1.jpgPrompted by J.D. Salinger‘s lawsuit against an unauthorized sequel, journalist and author Ron Rosenbaum revists the older, more interesting question: What has Salinger been doing since he published his last short story in 1965?

Over at Slate, the author trots out some old conspiracy theories, speculates about the mysterious lawsuit over “60 Years Later Coming Through the Rye,” and finally plugs a new novel published on for the Amazon Kindle called “J.D. The Plot to Steal J.D. Salinger’s Manuscripts.” The essay reminds us all that it’s not about the gossip, the mystery, or the lawsuit–it’s about the writing.

Here’s more from the story: “I’ve heard unofficial reports that he’s produced several novels whose manuscripts–like [Vladimir Nabokov's] “Laura”–have been stashed in a bank’s safe-deposit vault. Or that there are manuscript pages stacked to the ceiling in his house but no certainty about their state of completion. Other reports make him seem so strange that it’s possible he could be typing out the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit over and over again.”

Ron Rosenbaum Attacks Anonymous Web Commenters

ronrosenbaum.jpgJournalist and author Ron Rosenbaum bashed “commenter culture” in a recent essay, calling out the “anonymous cowards” who leave disparaging comments on the web–all to build ammunition for an essay about “digital lynch mobs” in an upcoming essay collection.

His post referenced a recent NY Times essay entitled “Comment is King” about how authors struggle with comment critics. Rosenbaum fired off insults at anonymous critics, hoping to provoke them to surface in his new essay for the collection.

Here’s more from the post: “So here’s your chance, anonymous commenters! Your chance to come out of the closet you’ve been quivering in. Identify yourself from now on (include home numbers so that random checks can be made in case you’re cowardice extends to fraudulence and impersonation of the innocent) and I wont be able to call you cowards anymore.” (Via Edward Champion)