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The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

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Amazon has been using reader feedback to find and publish new titles via Kindle Press, using the Kindle Scout program it introduced back in October of last year. The Scout platform uses votes from readers to select what books get published, and those which receive the most favorable response are provided 5-year renewable contracts for digital publication rights, $1,500 advance and 50 percent royalties on ebook sales, as well as easy rights reversion for more author control according to Amazon.

Already, Amazon has greenlighted 21 titles using the reader-powered platform, but the first 10 titles will be published on March 3, with pre-orders beginning today. The selection of inaugural works includes a range of genres, including romance, mystery, science fiction and thriller novels, from ten different authors. To be selected, the books all had to go through the gauntlet of the Scout selection process, which includes review of 9…

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