Amazon's Kindle Scout Publishing Program Opens for Voting

Oct 27, 2014

Readers can now visit Kindle Scout, Amazon's new reader-powered publishing program, to preview excerpts from unreleased books, help decide which will get published and receive free books. Rumors about this program have been circulating for weeks.

Readers preview excerpts from never-before-published books at and nominate up to three favorites at a time. At the end of a 30-day nomination campaign, the Kindle Scout team will review popular books and select the ones to be published. As a thank you from Kindle Scout and the author, readers who nominated the published book receive a free, full-length Kindle edition one week before the book's official release date. New books are submitted every day, so readers should check back often.

Kindle Scout shortens the time it takes to be selected for publication-the entire process from submission to selection takes 45 days or less. Publishing contracts are offered through Kindle Press and include a 5-year renewable term, advance of $1,500, a 50% ebook royalty rate, easy rights reversions, and featured Amazon marketing. Writers can submit new books at 365 days a year.