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Waterstone's founder Tim Waterstone has decided to go toe-to-toe with Amazon, but only in the short fiction space. He's launching Read Petite, a short-and-serialized fiction service that'll charge users a flat rate of between £5 and £12, no matter how much they read. Rather than accepting any old collection of words and punctuation, the service will cherry-pick unpublished or little-known works from names such as Stephen King, Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene. It'll be presented to the public later in the year, but we're not sure how well it'll do now that we've seen the real future of reading.