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Oliver Twist, yoga murder mystery among first ebooks in Amazon’s new serial-novel series

While most of the hoopla around yesterday’s Amazon press conference focused on its new e-readers and upgraded Kindle Fire tablet, the tech company also announced its new Kindle Serials subscription series.

Charles Dickens is credited for popularizing the serialized novel, so to kick off the series, instalments of Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers (which are in the public domain) can be downloaded for free. Subsequent works will cost $1.99, giving subscribers automatic access to new chapters at no additional cost.

Amazon has also commissioned eight new serialized stories, including a “yoga murder mystery,” and is soliciting more through its Kindle Direct Publishing program.