Amazon opens Kindle Worlds fan fiction bookstore

The new online bookstore will offer commissioned works based on existing TV series, books, comics, and music.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Amazon now has a new bookstore for both readers and writers of fan fiction.

The Kindle Worlds Store opened its virtual doors on Thursday with more than 50 commissioned, original stories based on familiar series such as "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl," and "Pretty Little Liars." Kindle Worlds stories typically cost between 99 cents and $3.99 and will be exclusive to Kindle devices and apps.

The goal of Kindle Worlds is to reward both writers and the original rights holders for new fiction based on existing stories and characters.

Kindle World's Self-Service Submission Platform offers any writer the opportunity to publish fan fiction. Authors can earn up to a 35 percent royalty for writing stories based on existing books, TV series, and other types of entertainment. Prospective writers can learn more by visiting the Amazon's "Welcome Kindle Worlds" Web site.

So far, the stories in Kindle Worlds are restricted to works from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment and Valiant Entertainment, as well as those from authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch, and Neal Stephenson. But Amazon has said it plans to strike licensing deals with other companies to offer fan fiction based on more books, TV shows, movies, comics, music, and even games.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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