Amazon’s crowd-sourced publishing programme Kindle Scout has opened pre-orders for the first 10 titles through the scheme.
Kindle Scout has today (24th February) started accepting contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and action and adventure titles in addition to romance, mystery and thriller, and science fiction and fantasy books.
The 10 books, which will be released on 3rd March, are the first to be published under the digital publishing banner Kindle Press in the US, and are among 23 titles in total selected for publication by Kindle Press.
Kindle Scout launched in the US in October last year. Writers submit their books to the site, and if approved, an extract will be published online. Readers can choose to nominate a book, and the more nominations a title receives the more chance it has of being selected by the Kindle Scout team for publication.
Among the 10 books that can now be pre-ordered are four thrillers, two science-fiction novels, two romances, one mystery, one romance, and one mystery/romance.
Dina Hilal, general manager for Kindle Scout, said: “Since we opened our doors we’ve been busy weighing the feedback of over 29,000 enthusiastic Scouts who have nominated the books they want to read next.
“These first 10 titles signal a new option for authors, who can choose to have their books discovered and supported by Amazon customers even before they are published.”
Books selected for publication receive five-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, a 50% e-book royalty rate, 25% for audio editions and 20% for translations on net revenues, rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. If a Kindle Press author does not earn at least $25,000 during their five-year contract, they can request their rights back.
Authors can only submit English-language books, and must agree to a 45-day exclusivity period with Kindle Scout, which starts on submission.
Those who back books selected for publication get an early, free copy of the titles and are invited to leave reviews.
In other Amazon news, the company has filed a patent for 3D printers to offer print-on-demand items, which it claims could save time and money by reducing the need for warehouses.
In the patent application, it said: "Increased space to store additional inventory may raise costs for the electronic marketplace. Additionally, time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated. Accordingly, an electronic marketplace may find it desirable to decrease the amount of warehouse or inventory storage space needed, to reduce the amount of time consumed between receiving an order and delivering the item to the customer, or both."
The patent, posted this month by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is assigned to Amazon Technologies of Reno, Nevada.