"Amazon Publishing Introduces “Kindle Worlds,” a New Publishing Model for Authors Inspired to Write Fan Fiction—Launching with an Initial License of Popular Titles from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment" Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
While this new could be groundbreaking for the small time fan fiction author, being able to make some money or potentially a lot of money of their popular fics while not having to worry about copyright infringement But what does it mean for the big publisher? It could mean one of two things: small publishers will suffer because as we all know, publishing popular P2P fics are a hot commodity and why would a fan fiction author bother with a publisher when in essence they can be their own boss and produce a body of work not controlled by another entity It also could mean nothing at all because there will probably be many authors or production companies who own rights to popular books and such who will never sell permission. Which leaves big markets like Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey, Harry Potter, and The Mortal Instruments untouched should the authors deny Amazon and copyrights. Giving the small or big publishers an open outlet for converted fan fiction to publish.
Only time will tell.
, Director, Business Development and Publisher of Kindle Worlds. “Our goal with Kindle Worlds is to create a home for authors to build on the Worlds we license, and give readers more stories from the Worlds they enjoy. We look forward to announcing additional World licensing deals in the coming weeks.”
Authors already on board like Sara Shepard, author of Pretty Little Liars, thinks this will be an incredible opportunity for fledgeling authors. “Seeing Pretty Little Liars fans adapt and create their own stories is both exciting and flattering and I think what Amazon Publishing is offering through Kindle Worlds is a great way to reward their ingenuity,” said Sara Shepard.
While this looks like a promising future for fan fiction authors, it's also giving Amazon another arm in it's already oversaturated place in publishing. When is enough, enough for them? They just bought Goodreads, now they are aiming to take over the large market of fan fiction. What will happen to sites like Fanfiction.net, The Writer's Coffee Shop, Wattpad, and other independent sites who publish fan fiction? Could this be the death of free fan fiction?
It very well may be.
But more importantly, how will free sites like Fanfiction and TWCS respond to Amazon? Again, only time will tell, but if I would have to make a bet, these free sites will no longer be free for much longer. Then again, the shift in reading fan fiction can go in such a way that this launch by Amazon can outrage readers so much so that this could be Amazon's first failed attempt to control and monopolize the publishing industry.--LS.
Amazon Kindle Worlds