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Longform journalism site Byliner kicked off its narrative nonfiction “Byliner Originals” publishing program this past spring, with Jon Krakauer’s exposé of Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortensen. That e-single, “Three Cups of Deceit,” became the #1 bestselling nonfiction title across Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), and seven months later it remains a bestselling Kindle Single. Now Byliner hopes to achieve the same success with original fiction e-singles, starting with bestselling author Amy Tan’s “Rules for Virgins.”
“Rules for Virgins,” the “startlingly sensual tale of an aging master courtesan instructing her beautiful young protégé in the ways of love and business in 1912 Shanghai,” is $2.99 as a Kindle Single and in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iBookstore and Google’s eBookstore. It will be released December 5.
Byliner’s fiction editors are Walter Kirn, Esquire’s former literary editor Will Blythe and Playboy’s former literary editor Amy Grace Loyd. They plan to release two pieces of original fiction each month.
Byliner is also adding a fiction archive, which should match the size of the 60,000 nonfiction stories already in the Byliner.com database, up from about 25,000 at launch. The site only sells its original works. It links to the original sources of everything else in its archives.