Here’s that latest Kindle news for self-publishers.
Bestsellers page for “indie” (independent self-publishers) Kindle books
Amazon’s now got a page for “indie” bestsellers. It’s great for research, so you can see what’s selling.
Kindle Worlds: get paid to write fan fiction
We discussed the launch of Kindle Worlds, Amazon’s new imprint for fan fiction.
If you’re an experienced writer, the terms aren’t great, so unlikely it’s for you. As Wired reports, there are real problems regarding YOUR rights to the material you create:
“In short, if your fan fiction includes new elements that catch on with the general public, it’s likely that you’ll not be able to profit from them outside of the stories that you write,” he said. “For example, Time Warner could launch a movie series based on a character you created and not owe you a dime. While the terms state that you retain the copyright, you also give Amazon an exclusive license to your original work and Amazon in turn licenses your work to Time Warner in a license that provides nothing for you.”
On the other hand, if you’re new to writing fiction, this is an easy way to get your fiction-writing mojo, so to speak.
Have fun with it, if it floats your boat, but do be aware that you could lose a lot, if you write something that’s very successful.
Kindle bookstore: no more HTML in the description code?
Obviously some people are getting too smart for their own good. Amazon seems to have banished HTML code in book descriptions. A couple of writers emailed me, and there’s some discussion about it on forums, so it’s not merely isolated incidents with recalcitrant browsers.
This isn’t surprising. You can slip all sorts of nastiness into HTML code. You should still be able to use basic code (much as you can in “quick” Web editors), to format italics, bold and underline.
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