No, I am not going all financial on you. Amazon is taking a page from iTunes with Amazon shorts. These are short (around 10 page) pieces by well known (usually) people sold in digital form on Amazon. The price is 49 cents, even cheaper than iTunes, although you will get more mileage out of a single song, most likely. The pieces are stored on Amazon so you can't share them, but at 49 cents, that isn't the biggest deal. I see that Greg Bear has one involving squid, James Lee Burke has one with an unpleasant title and F. Paul Wilson has a Repairman Jack tale. There are quite a few more. I am a little leery of the reading online problem, but you can always print it.