I've been waiting for the ebooks leaders to pick up on serialization in a meaningful way -- the combination of old fashioned serials and new fangled technology makes total sense to me. It's always seemed like a perfect fit, and I'm glad to see Amazon has finally figured it out--and incorporated a social aspect--bringing a serial model to the most popular e-reader on the market.
Amazon.com announced the launch of Kindle Serials, stories that are published in episodes. When users buy a Kindle Serial they will immediately receive all existing episodes, followed by future episodes as they are published. When new episodes arrive, they are simply added to the end of your existing book, keeping your place and retaining your highlights and notes. Readers can also join the conversation on Amazon discussion boards as the stories unfold -- allowing the authors to learn from readers in real-time and perhaps influence a story's path.
This announcement comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement of the new Kindle line-up, which included a new HD version of the Fire and the Paperwhite -- a new version of the Kindle Touch.