Amazon is Finally Getting Back to the Basics

By: Kathryn Martorana

For the love of books
For the love of books

One day my brother, who is seven years younger than me, asked what stuff he could find on Amazon. Being the amazing useless factoid factory I am, I went on a rant about how Amazon used to be all about books but now they seem to focus on finding lame collectables, discounted electronics and accessories, and kids toys. Today while perusing the internet I came across this gem, and even just after reading the title I let out what seemed to be a rather loud a mixture of a squeal and a snort.

Amazon is taking one giant step for publishing in their Kindle Scout platform. The program itself is geared for authors with original manuscripts that have not been previously published. It gives them a chance to present themselves to be published, by having samples of their work shown to the public, via the internet, who will vote as to which titles they want to see published and made into a book. What is new for the program, which launched not even a year ago in October 2014, is the chance to be read on a global scale.

Image from original article showing the titles already published by Kindlescout
Image from original article showing the titles already published by Kindlescout

Previously Kindle Scout was an English based only platform. Meaning they accepted and published not only submissions written in the English language, but ones that were from American authors only. Now the online giant is giving the change for publication to authors around the globe, provided they still submit their work written in the English language. This seems to take a new spin on the concepts of the literary agent and self publication.

This idea brings to question if literary agents will even be needed in the near future, as more companies are holding contests, and now Amazon seems to be dedicating an entire team to screening manuscripts submitted by the authors themselves. Here the author seems to self promote their work by taking it directly to the publisher, in this case Amazon.  Amazon also participates in self publication via the Kindle Store, see link below.

https://kdp.amazon.com/

Original content for this article found at: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/help?topicId=AP72QR5GUKEQS

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