Amazon’s new Kindle Worlds gives authors a way to sell fan fiction without legal hassles


I can’t wait to write some fan-faction, if anything it would be fun to play around with existing mega-popular characters.

Originally posted on paidContent (old):

50 Shades of Grey, which started out as Twilight-inspired fan fiction, raised a few copyright questions that didn’t stop it from selling millions and millions of copies. But when a work is more directly based on another author’s creation — using the same characters and setting, for instance — the legal hurdles can be greater.

That doesn’t stop readers from writing their own spinoffs anyway: The largest fan fiction site,, hosts millions of free stories. And in works like these — and the passionate readers who create them — Amazon (s AMZN) sees the potential for profit.

On Wednesday, Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, “the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.” The company is making this work by securing licenses from existing entertainment properties and…

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