First Kindle Scout books now available for pre-order
I’ve written before about Kindle Scout, Amazon’s innovative “crowd advised” publishing program.
Essentially, authors submit a completed but unpublished book to the program.
Readers can read a sample…and decide if they should endorse the book for publication.
If Amazon chooses to traditionally publish the book (advised but not bound by the readers’ choices), it’s a regular sort of publishing contract.
Part of a publisher’s responsibility (actually, a very big part) is to promote and market the books.
Well, I recently got a press release advising me that the first Kindle Scout books are now available to be pre-ordered (and being published on March 3rd 2015).
The press release links to each of the ten upcoming books, which is nice.
It also gives a link to
where you can see all 23 books selected so far, both the ten which can be pre-ordered now, and the thirteen “in production now”. The latter includes Housebroken by The Behrg, so we can’t link yet, as we said we would do (when possible) when we published this
Outside of that, I’m not finding any easy way to find them in the Kindle store.
Searching for “Kindle Scout” just gets you Kindle books with the word “Scout” in the title, that sort of thing.
I can’t find an “aisle” for Kindle Scout in the Kindle store yet…either on my phone or on my computer.
My guess is that they just haven’t built it, but that they will.
I would want Kindle Scout to be a brand for Amazon customers, not just for readers who participate as Kindle Scouts, and authors who are part of the program.
There is an argument to be made (isn’t there always?) that you want the books to be seen as being just like any other book. After all, they don’t put out “various artists” albums of American Idol winners (“American Idol’s Greatest Hits”).
Oh wait…yes, they do. 😉
Amazon can (and I think should) do the same thing.
The books can be promoted as individual books by individual authors, and it can be promoted as a group brand…by putting a link on the e-books homepage, by linking on each of the product pages for the individual books, maybe by doing a “sampler”, and so on.
The fact that a book was discovered by Amazon through Kindle Scout should be a plus for buyers and readers.
I make that differentiation (buyers and readers), because these books will be available through
I might try one there…hm, not quite sure how the payment for these authors will be impacted by a borrow. For independently published authors using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, it can be better (sometimes, significantly better) to have your book borrowed rather than sold, depending on the price. The higher the price, the better the borrow is by comparison. That’s because you get the same price for each borrow as an indie, regardless of the list price.
Remember that you can’t “pre-borrow” a book…if you plan to get it from Kindle Unlimited, you need to wait until it has been released (March 3rd, in this case).
Here are the ten books:
- G-1 (The Guardian of Earth series Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)) by Rigel Carson – Science Fiction
- A Highland Knight’s Desire (A Highland Dynasty Book) (at AmazonSmile*) by Amy Jarecki – Romance
- Eddie & Sunny (at AmazonSmile*) by Stacey Cochran – Mystery/Romance
- L.A. Sniper (at AmazonSmile*) by Steve Gannon – Thriller
- Pit Bulls vs Aliens (at AmazonSmile*) by Neal Wooten – Science Fiction
- Royal Date by Sariah Wilson – Romance
- Running from the Past by Alan Orloff – Thriller
- The Game Master by William Bernhardt – Thriller
- The Omega Connection by Allan Leverone – Thriller
- Unpaved Surfaces by Joseph Souza – Mystery
It will be interesting to see how these do in terms of sales (and reviews)…I’ll check on them later to see.
What do you think? Are you going to buy any of these? Sample them? Borrow them through Kindle Unlimited or the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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