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Shorter than a novel, but longer than a magazine article -- a TED Book is a great way to feed your craving for ideas anytime.

TED Books are short original electronic books produced every two weeks by TED Conferences. Like the best TEDTalks, they're personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.
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Our new TED Books App allows us to embed audio, video and social features into every book, broadening the depth and detail of each work. These additional multimedia features suit the wide-ranging creative palette of our authors to fully express their ideas.

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With the TED Books App, you can subscribe to TED Books and get immediate free access to every single TED Books title! Subscriptions are just $4.99 a month. Every two weeks, a new TED Book is published and available to you to download.


TED Books can be purchased individually for $2.99 each on the platform and device of your choice: The TED Books app, Kindle, iBook or Nook.

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    Read your TED Books on your Amazon Kindle device or via the Kindle app.

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    Read your TED Books on your Barnes & Noble Nook device.

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    Read your TED Books on your iOS device via the iBooks app.

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The TED Books story

The success of TEDTalks has demonstrated that millions of people around the world are hungry to absorb new ideas. Many of the talks create a desire to go deeper -- but not everyone has the time to read an entire book on a subject. TED Books fill that gap. With more demands than ever on people's time, we think many will welcome the chance to absorb a TED Book on a single short plane flight or on a day's commute.

While a traditional book is at least 60,000 words, TED Books, at fewer than 20,000, allow a writer to flesh out an idea in a satisfying way -- without requiring a week of reading time. We created this imprint because new e-book technologies like Kindle and iPad have changed the rules of the game. Just as iTunes allowed people to build new listening habits around individual music tracks instead of albums, so the new reading technologies allow instant distribution of books of any length -- facilitating new, more focused reading habits.