In October last year,
) introduced a crowd-sourced publishing platform, Kindle Scout,
that allows readers to vote for those unpublished authors that they
would like in their devices. The company is now ready to release
the first batch of titles on Mar 3.
To date, Amazon has approved 21 titles from unknown authors via
this platform. First, the company will release 10 books that cover
a range of genres comprising romance, thriller and science fiction,
which can be pre-ordered now. The remaining 11 books will be
published at a later date.
Kindle Scout provides readers with extracts of certain
unpublished literary works. After reading them, users can vote for
up to three books they wish to be published and will also have the
option of constantly reassessing their votes once new works are
Though the program gives readers the feeling they are the ones
deciding which books get published and which don't, the final
decision lies with Amazon.
After the 30-day reader voting period is over, the Kindle Scout
team reviews the books with the highest number of votes and selects
which three will ultimately be published.
However, the readers who voted for the approved title enjoy the
perks of being awarded a free, full-length Kindle edition of the
book a week prior to the official release.
The authors of the books selected for publishing will be given
$1,500 in advance along with a five-year renewable term, easy
rights reversions and Amazon marketing. The royalties will be split
50-50 between the author and Amazon.
However, Amazon does give these authors the right to take their
business to another publisher in case their book doesn't earn at
least $25,000 over a five-year period.
We know that there are probably millions of talented, fantastic,
undiscovered authors and books out there. Realizing this, Amazon
holds its "Breakthrough Novel Award" contest every year, which
searches for the best up-and-coming authors and rewards them with
publishing contracts from Penguin.
The Kindle Scout is a great platform for an unpublished author.
Getting his books published quickly and with the help of Amazon's
marketing power would be a dream come true for any budding
Now let's wait and see if Kindle Scout produces a literary
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