Amazon Turns to Crowdsourcing to Decide What to Publish

Oct 07, 2014


The Digital Reader reported back in September that Amazon was recruiting Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) authors to submit unpublished manuscripts to a crowdsourcing program that will allow readers to decide which books editors should consider for publishing. (You can join the mailing list here.)

The program took another step forward when it sent out an email with more details to writers. According to the email Amazon is "looking for 50,000 words or more in Word format and a book cover image that reflects the essence and uniqueness of your book. Make sure your work is ready for others to read. Only the first pages will be posted to the website (approx. 3,000 words)."

Readers can then vote for books they'd like to see in print, though Amazon editors will make the final decision. In many ways this idea isn't anything new. For instance, HarperCollins has hosted for years, a community where writers could display their work, and vote on which books they thought deserved to be read by editors.


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