Kindle Worlds check-in March 2016

Kindle Worlds check-in March 2016

For me, one of Amazon’s most interesting initiatives is

Kindle Worlds (at AmazonSmile: support a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

While I see it referred to as “fan fiction”, and I think I’ve actually seen Amazon use that term now, it’s really something different from what has traditionally been called “fanfic”.

This is licensed: Amazon makes a deal with the rightsholder. The rightsholder can put in some guidelines.

Then, anybody (following the guidelines…both the rightsholders, and Amazon’s general Kindle Worlds and content guidelines) can write in the world.

The rightsholder gets a cut, Amazon gets a cut, and the author gets a cut.

We readers get something to read. 🙂 I’m sure, as is the case with anything else, that it isn’t all great. 🙂 We have what is called Sturgeon’s Law, after Theodore Sturgeon, and it’s been quoted a number of ways…however, the thrust of it is that someone said that 90% of science fiction is trash (that might not have been the word used), and Sturgeon responded with something along the lines of “90% of everything is trash”. 🙂

Now, as regular readers know, I feel like I’ve never read a book which wasn’t worth reading. Certainly, some are better than others, and I’ve disagreed with some decisions made (as well as production issues, including proofreading). I think it’s like something I said recently when I was in a web conference that had to do with “dealing with people you don’t like.” I said that I didn’t run into people I didn’t like…just things that people did that I didn’t like. 😉

Kindle Worlds is one of the ways that Amazon has worked on gaining less dependence on the traditional publishers (“tradpubs”) for content…and that seems to be happening.

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

The Vampire Diaries (202)
Silo Saga (115)
G.I. JOE (100)
Pretty Little Liars (57)
The World of Kurt Vonnegut (52)
Jack Daniels and Associates (47)
Wayward Pines (47)
Dare To Love (42)
John Rain (41)
Veronica Mars – the TV series (38)
JET (33)
The Lei Crime Series (33)
Harbinger (28)
Hot SEALs (28)
The Perseid Collapse Series (27)
The Foreworld Saga (26)
Miss Fortune Mysteries (25)
The Remingtons (25)
Gossip Girl (23)
Southern Shifters (23)
The Arrangement (19)
The Lizzy Gardner Files (19)
Unity (17)
World of de Wolfe Pack (16)
The 100 (15)
Montana Sky (14)
Codename: Chandler (13)
Game for Love (13)
The Royals of Monterra (13)
Bloodshot (12)
Body Movers (12)
Archer & Armstrong (11)
Four Weddings and a Fiasco (11)
Shadowman (11)
The Abnorm Chronicles (10)
Doublesight (10)
The Omega Team (10)
Ravenswood (10)
Hope Falls (9)
XO Manowar (9)
The Chronos Files (8)
Shadow Ops (8)
Vampire for Hire (7)
Atlantis: The Origin Mystery (6)
The Dead Man (6)
The Callaways (5)
Sand Saga (5)
Muirwood (3)
The Kathleen Turner series (3)
Quantum & Woody (2)
Eternal Warrior (1)
St. Helena Vineyard Series (1)

In terms of the numbers, it’s interesting to me that the top ones are from diverse types of sources…there are book series, TV series, and toys. 🙂

Things have been growing…here are the numbers from when I last checked in (a little over a year ago):

» The Vampire Diaries (173)
» Silo Saga (112)
» G.I. JOE (72)
» Pretty Little Liars (50)
» The World of Kurt Vonnegut (46)
» Wayward Pines (38)
» John Rain (33)
» Harbinger (27)
» Veronica Mars – the TV series (24)
» Gossip Girl (20)
» The Lizzy Gardner Files (18)
» The Foreworld Saga (17)
» The Arrangement (16)
» Unity (16)
» Bloodshot (12)
» Archer & Armstrong (11)
» Body Movers (10)
» Four Weddings and a Fiasco (10)
» Game For Love (10)
» The Abnorm Chronicles (9)
» Dare To Love (9)
» The Perseid Collapse Series (9)
» XO Manowar (8)
» Shadowman (8)
» Ravenswood (6)
» The Dead Man (5)
» Atlantis: The Origin Mystery (4)
» The Chronos Files (4)
» The Callaways (3)
» Eternal Warrior (1)
» The Kathleen Turner Series (1)
» Miss Fortune Mysteries (1)
» Quantum & Woody (1)
» Sand Saga (1)

There are eleven more worlds, so roughly one a month. There have been 29 titles added the most popular world, The Vampire Diaries.

The most popular book is actually quite a bit higher than the one a year ago (when the top was 2,226 ranked…although I’m not convinced that the measuring system is the same)

The Omega Team: Assisting Aimee (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Delta Force Heroes Book 99 (at AmazonSmile*)

at #885 at time of writing.

There are 1,321 titles…when last time there were 785 titles. That’s a 68% increase, and more than one a day.

I would still consider writing something for Kindle Worlds, if something really caught my eye…that’s just not the case for me right now. My inclination is 1960s TV: The Addams Family, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart…that kind of thing. 🙂

One thing that authors need to realize (and which wouldn’t bother me). If you write something in Kindle Worlds, you don’t own any characters you create. That’s similar to writing a script for a TV series…if you create a great character, you can’t start writing novels about that character or use it on another show.

It look like Kindle Worlds is continuing to grow…and my guess is we’ll see that same trend when I look at it again next year. 🙂

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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!  

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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