Amazon Launching New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

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September 24, 2014


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“After rumblings surfaced that Amazon is creating a new American Idol-style crowdsourced publishing platform, the e-tailer has confirmed that the program is “in the works.”

The initial report about the program, from The Digital Reader, says the soon-to-launch initiative will offer authors the chance to have their work reviewed and then, possibly, published by Amazon.

A note from an Amazon spokesperson described the program as “reader-powered” and said it would have “transparent, fixed contract terms.” Through the program, titles will be submitted for review and, within days, those with the highest ratings will be chosen for publication. Amazon added that those who provide reviews will receive free e-book editions of the winning titles…”

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