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Amazon's Kindle Worlds to publish officially licensed (but probably still insane) fan fiction

Evan Dashevsky | May 23, 2013
Amazon has announced that it is jumping into the officially licensed fan fiction business with its new Kindle Worlds publishing platform.

From what I understand, the 50 Shades books are completely dreadful--from a literary point of view. The series owes its success to the fact that it was able to eke its way into the mainstream as a permissible form of porn. But that's not the game plan that Kindle Worlds is going with it. Amazon has installed a strict no-nookie guideline for the new platform stating, "we don't accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts." While that language appears to be somewhat open to interpretation, the stance leaves me skeptical of Kindle Worlds' future. Shades was not adored for its insight or prose. After all is said and done, it may prove to be, in fact, little more than an erotic fluke. No other fan fiction has taken off with the public in a pay situation.

The Kindle Worlds store and self-service submission platform will open in June. Amazon will set the price for all Kindle Worlds stories with most being priced between $1 and $4. Time will tell if Kindle users will be willing to shell out even $1 to read some weirdo's take on a beloved character no where imagined by the original creator.


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