Amazon said today readers could now visit its new Kindle Scout service and begin voting for the submissions they believe should be published as books.
The company announced the program earlier this month and invited authors to send in excerpts of works to what it described as its “reader-powered publishing program.”
Readers can now vote for up to three submissions. Every 30 days, the Kindle Scout review team will tabulate the votes and decide which books should get published. Readers who vote for the books that get selected will get a free e-book edition of the book for their Kindles.
“Amazon customers are passionate readers who have long influenced which books become breakout best sellers,” said Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president of Kindle, in a press release. “With the launch of Kindle Scout, readers now have an even more direct say in what gets published and can get free books and discover new favorite authors in the process.”
Authors whose books are selected will be published by Kindle Press. They get a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalties, promotion on Amazon, and 5-year renewable terms.