Jun 12, 2011

One of the most innovative industries

Do you remember the times when you bought a cd of music and you only liked one or two songs? It is no news that now you can buy individual songs. 

A similar situation might happen when you buy a book: you only like two or three chapter out of five. 

The new industry of small e-books are getting around it, selling very short essays for less than two dollars. This one is an example:
Excellent news for people who like great writing: Wesley Yang’s brilliant 2008 essay for n+1 “The Face of Seung-Hui Cho” is now available for download as a Kindle Single. It’ll run you $1.99, which isn’t much. Source.
I think it was Tyler Cowen one of the first to sell in this market. See the review of his new book here

Postscript, from the NYT (about Yang's essay):
After Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech last spring, there was much discussion of whether his violent and gory submissions to creative writing classes should have prompted the university to take stronger preemptive action. Now, in its latest issue, the journal n+1 has published a remarkable essay by Wesley Yang about Cho’s writing, Cho himself, and all the friendless losers he would seem to represent.

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