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Amazon announced the launch of Kindle Worlds, a new digital publishing platform for fan fiction, touted as the first legal commercial platform of its kind.
Despite the prevalence of online fan fiction, copyright laws make it illegal to profit from it. Kindle Worlds, however, has acquired licences for three book series from Warner Bros.’ Alloy Entertainment: Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar, Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard, and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith. More licences will be announced soon. Royalties will be paid by Amazon to rights holders of the original work, and authors will receive a royalty rate of 35 per cent of net revenue for works of at least 10,000 words.
Concurrently, Amazon launched a pilot program for shorter works (between 5,000 and 10,000 words), which are typically priced under $1. Authors will be paid a 20 per cent royalty rate.
Fan-fiction submissions are being accepted as of today, with the digital storefront to launch in June.
While Amazon yesterday reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and a decrease in sales for physical books, the company also announced that sales for ebooks have been steadily climbing.
In a press release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says, “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting. After five years, ebooks is a multi-billion-dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70 per cent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a bookseller, up just 5 per cent.”
Canadians wanting to get their hands on a Kindle can now look closer to home. Amazon announced today that the latest generation of the popular e-reader is now available for sale on the company’s Canadian website, as well as in more than 1,000 retail stores countrywide, including Staples, the Source, and Shoppers Drug Mart.
“Customers can [now] buy from Amazon.ca, of course in Canadian dollars, with faster shipping,” says Peter Larsen, a vice-president at Amazon.
Until now, Canadian customers have had to rely on Amazon’s U.S. website to purchase e-readers. Larsen describes adding the devices to the Canadian website as completing the e-reading experience for customers north of the border.
“We’ve been surprised at how many customers have bought Kindles off [Amazon.com] in Canada,” Larsen says. “We actually have a good customer base here, but we expect it to grow significantly now that we’ve launched our devices.”
The latest generation Kindle will retail at $89, with the Kindle Paperwhite being sold for $139 for the WiFi-enabled version and $199 for the 3G option.
Kindle joins Kobo and Sony in selling its e-readers directly to Canadian consumers, with the latter devices already available in Canadian stores including Best Buy, Future Shop, Toys R Us, and Walmart. Kobo e-readers are also sold by Indigo.
While most of the hoopla around yesterday’s Amazon press conference focused on its new e-readers and upgraded Kindle Fire tablet, the tech company also announced its new Kindle Serials subscription series.
Charles Dickens is credited for popularizing the serialized novel, so to kick off the series, instalments of Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers (which are in the public domain) can be downloaded for free. Subsequent works will cost $1.99, giving subscribers automatic access to new chapters at no additional cost.
Amazon has also commissioned eight new serialized stories, including a “yoga murder mystery,” and is soliciting more through its Kindle Direct Publishing program.
Book links roundup: U.S. government speaks on Kindle deal, Macmillan to release erotic Jane Eyre, and more
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- Pan Macmillan acquires erotic retelling of Jane Eyre
- CBC commissions Jack Layton biopic
- Self-published ebook gone viral lands seven-figure deal with Penguin
- Amazon and R.R. Bowker among nine companies applying for “.book” Internet domain name extension
- OR Books and Books on Demand team up for new distribution model
- 5Y Media launches first Spanish ebook review magazine
- Google eBookstore launches in Germany
- A recap of the Writing for a Digital Age conference
Book links roundup: U.S. government to buy $16.5 million worth of Kindles, Fifty Shades of Grey film rumours, and more
- U.S. State Department to buy 2,500 Kindles*
- Will Fifty Shades of Grey get the Hollywood treatment?
- Barnes & Noble and superstar lawyer send blunt letter of complaint to the DoJ
- Diane Keaton to write new book on women, beauty, and aging
- Five YA marketing tips from BEA
- Famous authors’ childhood homes
- A guide to reading and walking at the same time
*Correction June 12: An earlier version of this story stated the U.S. government was purchasing $6,600 worth of Kindles
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- Harry Potter ebooks to be added to Kindle lending library
- Wiley acquires textbook publisher Harlan Davidson
- Harlequin has slow start in first quarter
- Chelsea Cain’s thriller series to be adapted for television
- Lippincott Williams & Wilkins win 21 awards for healthcare publications
- Jazz as an analogy for the publishing process?
- Last call for Encyclopaedia Britannica’s print edition boosts sales
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library boasts 100,000 titles
- German Nobel laureate Günter Grass pens poem about Israel’s threat to world peace
- Salty Ink interviews poet Kerri Cull about her new collection, Soak, and blog, The Book Fridge
- Watch Chip Kidd’s TED2012 talk “Designing Books is No Laughing Matter. OK, it is”
- Is Mad Men the most literary show on TV? The Globe and Mail‘s John Doyle thinks it replaces the novel in terms of cultural significance
- Harry Potter ebooks now available in Canada for the Sony Reader, Kindle, Nook, and Google Play
- Amazon’s problems with manga
- Toronto gets a new comics bookshop, the Comic Book Lounge & Gallery
- Salman Rushdie calls on India to defend free speech
- Long-lost Eugene O’Neill play recovered, to be performed at the Eugene O’Neill Festival in Washington, D.C.
Book links roundup: Canada’s best-selling graphic novels, Schnittman leaves Bloomsbury for Hachette, new Vonnegut e-single; and more
- Sequential lists 30 best-selling Canadian comics and graphic novels
- Evan Schnittman leaves Bloomsbury for executive post at Hachette
- Does capitalism trounce freedom of expression at the London Book Fair?
- Unpublished Kurt Vonnegut novella, Basic Training, gets the Kindle Singles treatment
- After selling more than a million copies of her self-published romance novels online, Barbara Freethy self-publishes foreign-language editions
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