Kindle Worlds opens for business

Kindle Worlds opens for business

Amazon's Kindle Worlds platform has opened in the US, with its guidelines advising that it is authors' responsibility to "ensure that their content doesn't violate laws or copyright."

Authors can choose to write fan fiction in in Kindle "Worlds" based on the Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Silo Man series, among many more.

According to the author guidelines featured on the site, Amazon has stipulated some strict guidelines for authors to adhere to when writing fan fiction for one of the Kindle Worlds, including a ban on "pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts", offensive content including "racial slurs, excessively graphic or violent material, or excessive use of foul language" or excessive use of brand names or the inclusion of brand names for paid advertising or promotion.

Certain "worlds" also have specific rules, such as in Valiant Entertainment Worlds, where the characters of Archer & Armstrong should "do not kill unless necessary and strive to do as little harm as possible" because they are pacifists.

In Hugh Howey's Silo Saga, "the timeline can be subverted, and anyone can be killed or modified as the Kindle Worlds author sees fit", but, "stories must be based on characters, scenes, events, themes, and plots appearing in novels, novellas, and short stories featuring the Silo Saga World and authored by Hugh Howey."

Amazon has also stipulated that "No crossovers from other Worlds are permitted, meaning your work may not include elements of any copyright-protected book, movie, or other property outside of the elements of this World."

The company said it will pay royalties to both the authors and the rights holders of the world, with the author receiving 35% of net revenue for works over 10,000 words. For works between 5,000 words and 10,000 words, usually priced under $1, Amazon will pay the royalties for the world¹s rights holder and pay authors a digital royalty of 20%.