24-hour match: 2x your gift’s impact today! Double my donation

Amazon to open fan fiction bookstore

Molly Wood Jun 28, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Amazon to open fan fiction bookstore

Molly Wood Jun 28, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Amazon is rolling out a new platform for fan fiction, that is, original stories that use famous characters from TV and movies. Think Star Trek stories where Captain Kirk gets pregnant. Now, Kindle Worlds will let people publish authorized versions that can generate income for fan-fiction writers and owners of the original characters.

Amazon’s Philip Patrick expects a strong reader response. “A lot of the worlds we’re working with right now have passionate fan bases. Whether it’s a book or a movie or a TV show or a comic book series, the fans are there,” he says.

There are dozens of stories inspired by shows like Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl. Barbara Freethy writes fan fiction based off the TV show Pretty Little Liars. Though the genre began in the so-called online underground, she thinks it’ll work for the mainstream global retailer.

“There’s a world of fans that are a little alarmed that Amazon’s gotten into the game,” she says. “But I think they’re protecting copyrights and they’re paying writers and you know, that’s all good for writers.”

To hear more about the business of fan fiction, click on the audio player above.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.

Don’t miss this match!

Donate today and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Public Media Board.