TED Talks is a stimulating and informative series of short lectures by leaders in their respective fields. (You've probably seen a few mentioned here.) Now the free knowledge empire is getting ready to accommodate the readers among us with an ebook series.
The same philosophy of unpacking great ideas in record time remains consistent from the TED Talks to the TED Books series; while a traditional book generally comes in at somewhere near 60,000 words, the ebooks are a manageable 20,000 words or less. The idea behind these new books is that they can be consumed in a single sitting while still delivering a TED-sized punch to the mind.
The TED website points to the mass adoption of the Kindle and iPad as technology that's enabling a shake-up in the publishing industry. Available for digital distribution through Amazon as Kindle Singles, the ebooks can be read on any device that supports the Kindle App (iPad, Mac, PC, Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows 7 smartphones). They currently have three titles, each available for $US2.99: The Happiness Manifesto: How Nations and People Can Nurture Well-Being, Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species, and Beware Dangerism! Why We Worry About the Wrong Things, and What It's Doing to Our Kids.