Another sign that electronic publishing is providing a huge boost to short fiction: Orbit Books announced it's expanding its Orbit Short Fiction program, releasing stories simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. Says Orbit Vice President and Publisher Tim Holman:

From the outset we hoped to expand the Orbit Short Fiction initiative, and we feel that now is the time to do it. Stories will be available far more widely, and through all major ebook retailers, which is good for our authors, for fans, and for the publishing program.

Expect to see more book publishers moving aggressively into the digital short fiction and "Kindle singles" niche, including more novelettes and novellas. [Orbit Books]