Kindle Serials Brings Back Dickensian-Style Book Instalments

Back when Charles Dickens and his cohorts were publishing, books didn't come fully formed. Instead, they came out in regular instalments, and that's why each chapter tends to end with a cliffhanger. Today, Amazon announced that it's bringing that proud tradition back with Kindle Serials.

It works like this: you pay upfront for an entire series and receive all future episodes as automatic downloads as they become available. The types of books that will be available as a Kindle Serial are the usual mysteries, thrillers and genre pieces that are best suited to the serial format. They'll be priced at a very reasonable $US2. While Bezos says it should spawn a new genre of books, in truth it's more of a blast form the past.