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Amazon Expands Fan Fiction Platform With Kurt Vonnegut License

Amazon Publishing has formed a new licensing partnership with RosettaBooks for the books of Kurt Vonnegut for its fan fiction publishing platform Kindle Worlds.

Amazon launched Kindle Worlds last month. Through the platform, fans can write, publish and sell works of fan fiction based on select books and characters. Amazon already has the licenses for Gossip GirlPretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries, as well as for select titles from comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and authors Hugh HoweyBarry Eisler, Blake Crouch and Neal Stephenson. The Vonnegut license is expected to go live this month, at which point Amazon will begin accepting submissions for works under this license.

“Since the launch of Kindle Worlds a month ago, we’ve published over 120 stories and the customer response has been overwhelmingly positive,” stated Philip Patrick, director of business development and publisher of Kindle Worlds. “To include the work of an American literary icon in Kindle Worlds is a thrill for us and a golden opportunity for Vonnegut fans everywhere.” Read more

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Amazon Introduces Publishing Platform For Fan Fiction

Amazon Publishing has introduced a new publishing platform dedicated to fan fiction called Kindle Worlds.

The platform is designed to let writers create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters. And using licenses, writers can earn royalties from their work. Amazon has licenses for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries, and plans to announce more soon.

Amazon will 35% of net revenue for works at least 10,000 words. Amazon Publishing is also piloting a new program for  short works which run between 5,000 and 10,000 words. These short stories, which are typically priced less than $1, Amazon will pay the royalties for the World’s rights holder and pay authors a digital royalty of 20%. Read more

Secrets Of Eden Released As Enhanced eBook


The Crown Publishing Group is releasing thriller author Chris Bohjalian‘s best selling book Secrets of Eden as an enhanced eBook. The print version of Secrets of Eden was originally published back in February.

The enhanced digital edition includes exclusive video and audio content such as a nine-minute author video featuring Bohjalian talking about his writing process. It also includes
an exclusive essay about his creative process, ten reading group guide questions with his answer; and sample chapters from his backlist. The enhanced eBook is optimized for devices that support video.

This is part of Crown’s push into the digital space. Last month, we interviewed Philip Patrick, Vice President & Publisher, Crown Digital, who said that the publisher is experimenting with new interactive eBook titles and apps. The publisher launched The Zombie Survival Guide Scanner app as a marketing tool for the popular Max Brooks title.

The Zombie Survival Guide Released As iPhone App

Zombies beware! The Zombie Survival Guide is now an iPhone app. The app lets you scan your friends to detect their undead infection rate.

The new Zombie Survival Guide Scanner app from Crown Publishing Group‘s digital division, is based on Max Brooks‘ bestselling survival manual. It is the publisher’s first iPhone app, but they have more planned in the pipeline, as they look to expand their horizons and create more interactive content.

Philip Patrick
, Vice President & Publisher, Crown Digital, told us earlier this week that the free app was designed as a marketing tool to help build the book’s fanbase.

The download is available from iTunes.

Crown Digital Embraces eBooks And Interactivity


Random House’s Crown Digital imprint is embracing the digital publishing landscape with interactive digital titles and a push into iPhone apps. Crown is also setting eBook prices equal to print editions.

“We want to have our content available where people want to read it whether that is a physical book or on some kind of device,” said Philip Patrick, Vice President & Publisher, Crown Digital.

For the first time, the publisher is launching iPhone apps as content for a couple of its popular titles. One app, which launches this week, is called the Zombie Scanner, which complements Max Brooks’ print book The Zombie Survival Guide. “We hope to use as a marketing tool to build out fan base for the book,” said Patrick.

On August 10th, Crown is releasing the eBook version of Shift from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The eBook includes bonus chapters, and the back story behind some of the book’s characters, locations and events.

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