It's Kindle Worlds, we're just living in it?
Amazon is working with WB to publish (read: sell) fanfiction from the Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries ‘verses. And they said that more “worlds” will be announced soon.
Basically, fanfic writers will be able to sell their fics - formatted for Kindle - via Amazon, and the restrictions are not as massive as you’d think!
No excessive product placement for non-show brands.
But here’s the thing about porn! Amazon says they don’t allow porn to be sold on their site, so as long as your fic content is no more explicit than anything that’s on Amazon’s site today (see: 50 Shades and anything in the erotica category) then it won’t run afoul of Amazon’s content restrictions - and if they say it does, then the Internet will stand behind you as if you were a Nutella fan barred from celebrating its wonderful tastiness.
HOWEVER, each World Licensor will be providing “Content Guidelines” for their specific ‘verse - and I can’t find those anywhere. THAT might make a significant impact on what types of fanfic one can and cannot sell, but until we’ve had a chance to look through them, we can’t determine the specifics.
I don’t think it’s realistic to be concerned that the existence of Kindle Worlds will mean that tv show/film/book creators will stamp out freely given fics. At this point, Kindle Worlds will only accept things over 5000 words, anyway, and the longstanding laches issue that protects fics posted elsewhere and given away will still hold.
However, it does mean that people who write in the fandoms covered by Kindle Worlds and sell ebooks of those stories outside of the Kindle license may find themselves dealing with cease & desist letters. But there was always a chance they would because of the commercial aspect of that action.
Also, this will leave fandom with a lot of questions on issues other than legality be on fan-created gift culture, commissions, fundraising for charity, or even the ability of pro writers to write in other universes>
Does this further “legitimize” fan creativity (which I think has long been a pretty legit hobby), will it just create an additional outlet for story distribution, and what other fandoms will WB add?
I wouldn’t be shocked if they bring Tomorrow People into this as the show launches in the fall, but what about things that are ending their runs like Nikita, or shows with massive fanbases and almost a decade of fan creativity, like the behemoth that is Supernatural?
Oh, and here’t the royalty-related info:
- Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to the rights holder for the World (we call them World Licensors) and to the Fic Author. Fic Author’s standard royalty rate for works of at least 10,000 words will be 35% of net revenue.
- In addition, with the launch of Kindle Worlds, Amazon Publishing will pilot an experimental new program for particularly short works (between 5,000 and 10,000 words). For these short stories—typically priced under one dollar—Amazon will pay the royalties for the World Licensor and will pay authors a digital royalty of 20% of net revenue. The lower royalty for these shorter works is due to significantly higher fixed costs per digital copy (for example, credit-card fees) when prices for the entire class of content will likely be under one dollar.
“Maybe books won’t survive the transition to digital devices, any more than scrolls survived the transition to movable type… what the internet portends is not the end of the paper container of the book, but rather the way paper organized our assumptions about writing altogether.”—Clay Shirky | Is the book a crucial cultural artifact, or just an outdated container for content?
“I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can't really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, 'If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we'll talk.' All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don't want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”—Ray Bradbury
11. Black History eBook Pack 11: Frantz Fanon
- The Wretched of the Earth
- Black Skin White Masks
- Toward the African Revolution
- A Dying Colonialism
If you are following my blog you know that i have shared many Black History eBook packs. This is pack number 11! It is compressed in a RAR file. If on a mac use Zipeg to uncompress the file. If on Windows you use WinRAR. All the files in the folder are pdf’s. You can view on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
You can find eBook Packs 1-11 here: http://black-culture.tumblr.com/ebooks
“I think it’s pretty clear that most of us who are willing to read digitally are finding a balance between physical books and digital books. … I’m tired of it being, like, “Well it has to be one or the other, right? I can’t give up [physical] books!” But who is asking you to give up books? No one is asking you to give them up!”—Jenn on print AND digital, instead of print VS digital (Episode 50: E-Books Revisited)
To the people who say that reading e-books isn’t actually reading because “you have to admire the texture.”
Don’t get me wrong; I like print books. Heck, I own ~500.
But I’m also autistic. Know what that means? A great many of us are extremely sensitive to certain textures, which, for me, includes paper. So when I read a print book, which I love, mind you, I have to be very careful about the texture or I will go berserk.
I read e-books so that I don’t have to be pulled out of the story and stop reading because of that texture that you love so much.
So stop and think before you yell at that person for reading an e-book.
Thank you for your time.