Amazon has introduced “The Kindle Singles Interview,” a new series of long form interviews with iconic figures being published on the Kindle Singles platform. The idea stems from the Playboy Interview, which was born back in the sixties. David Blum, editor of Kindle Singles explained in a statement: “We hope to carry forward that tradition, and use the unlimited digital space to engage great artists and thinkers in conversation with skilled writers and interviewers.”
The debut interview is a conversation with Shimon Peres, Israel’s 89-year-old president, called, “The Optimist.” In the interview with journalist David Samuels, Peres says that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is the most important revolutionary leader in the world today. “He made a revolution with a billion people,” says Peres.
Here is more about the interview from the press release:
Peres, who turns 90 on August 2, was elected president of Israel in 2007. He previously served two terms as Israel’s Prime Minister, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 (with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin) for his role in the peace negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords. In ‘The Optimist,’ President Peres insisted that forthcoming peace talks arranged by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are serious, and asserted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a partner for peace. He also called for a peaceful resolution to his country’s conflicts with Iran, declaring that ‘sanctions are functioning’ and adding that ‘I wouldn’t like to start anything by shooting.’