Amazon has expanded its Kindle Scout crowd-sourcing publishing programme to the UK.
The programme was launched in the US last October and has been rolled out to other countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and India, among others.
Amazon described the platform as “reader-powered”, allowing authors to submit manuscripts and be considered for publication in 45 days or less under Amazon's digital publishing banner Kindle Press.
Publishing contracts include five-year renewable terms, a $1,500 (£975) advance, a 50% e-book royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing the company said.
Dina Hilal, general manager of Kindle Scout, said: “Expanding our platform to authors and readers outside the US has been one of the most frequent requests we've received since we launched. With today's announcement, we're eagerly awaiting the great new stories that will come from opening to even more talented writers and Scouts from around the world.”
Amazon said that through the Kindle Scout programme, 75 titles had been selected for publication by Kindle Press, with Kindle Press books receiving an average Amazon Customer Review of 4.48 stars across 2,709 reviews.
Under the terms of Kindle Scout, books have 30 days to earn a nomination from a reader. Readers can nominate up to three books at a time and they will receive an email to inform them whether the book has been selected for publication. Readers who nominate books that are published will receive an early, free copy.