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Thanks to Kindle Worlds, ‘fired’ Vampire Diaries writer continues her own series as ‘fanfic’
February 10, 2014 | 6:18 pm

evensongThe life of a book packaging writer is not always an easy one. Take the case of LJ Smith, who wrote for Alloy Entertainment, a fiction creation company that created young-adult series for the sake of getting tie-in TV shows and movies made. Alloy has had a string of successes in that regard: Gossip Girls, Pretty Little Liars, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…and Smith’s series, The Vampire Diaries, which she wrote for two decades. The thing is, under the terms of her contract, Smith didn’t actually own the rights to the Vampire Diaries books. She wrote them as works...

New Additions to Kindle Worlds Program
June 20, 2013 | 2:06 pm

Kindle WorldsWhen Amazon announced their Kindle Worlds program, which would allow authors to sell their own fanfiction and media tie-in works from certain properties, I had mixed feelings. The fine print was a little troubling, and I was not particularly interested in any of the properties that had signed on. But I remember how much I used to love writing that sort of thing. If you had told teenage Joanna she could have gotten paid to write "Star Trek" stories (for instance) she would have been thrilled. And if that meant the money came with ownership conditions—just as it did for the...

Amazon Announces Kindle Worlds, a Platform for Fan Fiction
May 22, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Kindle WorldsFan fiction is an interesting genre. You start with characters that already exist from movies or television shows and create new stories around them. Admittedly, I read my share of fan fiction. Sometimes a show’s run ends too early, or a video game pulls me in so deeply, that I want to read more about the characters (this happened to me with Mass Effect, for instance). Amazon announced Kindle Worlds today, the first commercial platform for writers to create fan fiction and earn royalties. Amazon says it has secured licenses for Gossip Girls, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. According to Amazon, it...

Is this the first-ever TV commercial about e-book lending?
February 19, 2013 | 8:57 pm

Metropolitan Library System logoGood e-Reader ran an interesting post earlier today about Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System, which took the unprecedented step back in December 2012 of advertising its e-book lending services on broadcast television. According to the post, the 60-second spot was developed by the library system's own IT department. It ran for about two weeks on the area's Fox and CW affiliate stations, and for roughly a month on local cable channels. And as the library system's marketing director, Kim Terry, explained, "over 1,700 new customers began using our eMedia site since the commercial started running, which was a 22 percent increase over the previous month.” Perhaps not surprisingly,...

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