The Atlantic and Amazon Kindle Bring the Short Story Into the Digital Age

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Bringing the Short Story Into the Digital Age, The Atlantic Continues Commitment to Fiction with Exclusive Content for Amazon Kindle

Extending its legacy as a curator of quality fiction and an innovator in content distribution, The Atlantic announces a landmark initiative in cooperation with Amazon. As outlets publishing fiction rapidly dwindle, The Atlantic asserts its historic commitment to the form by introducing two new short stories each month via Amazon’s Kindle—becoming the first magazine to deliver fiction exclusively to Kindle readers. Kindle and Kindle DX are Amazon’s revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. These works will also be available for purchase and reading with the Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC apps, as well as planned Kindle platform expansions for Mac and Blackberry.

The Atlantic continues its esteemed tradition of publishing short fiction with “Shovel Kings,” by Edna O’Brien, whose award-winning fiction and nonfiction writing spans nearly 50 years; and “Cynara,” by Christopher Buckley, whose popular writing has long been a fixture of The Atlantic’s pages. Upcoming authors include Curtis Sittenfeld, Paul Theroux, Patricia Engel, Anne Korkeakivi, Richard Lange, and Stuart Nadler.

As part of its ongoing exploration of new technologies and formats for connecting with readers, The Atlantic also recently announced an initiative with HP’s MagCloud publish-on-demand service. In addition, The Atlantic—whose first Web site launched in 1993—this year introduced several new digital properties, including The Atlantic Wire and the Politics, Business, and Food Channels. won the 2009 Webby Award for Magazine Site of the Year.

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