Stephen King Made $80,000 From Digital Short Story

Posted on November 3, 2010

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Steven King's "Ur" novella was written exclusively for the Kindle. The bestselling author told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that the 2009 experiment has made him around $80,000 so far.
I didn't do "Ur" for money. I did it because it was interesting. I'm fairly prolific. It took three days, and I've made about $80,000. You can't get that for short fiction from Playboy or anybody else. It's ridiculous.
This does prove there is a market for short stories sold through ebookstores like Amazon.com's Kindle store. Unfortunately, not every author has the brand recognition Stephen King has. Amazon.com recently announced Kindle Singles, an attempt to try and create a market for shorter works (from less than 10,000 words to over 50,000) sold for the Kindle.
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