Amazon Enters Publishing with AmazonEncore

Yesterday, Amazon launched AmazonEncore, "a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon will then partner with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats."

The first AmazonEncore title (and only title announced as of this writing) is Cayla Kluver's Legacy, a YA fantasy book originally published by Forsooth Publishing in paperback in 2008. Amazon has bought the rights to Kluver's book and will be re-releasing Legacy in hardcover (August) and Kindle editions.

(see story at Publisher's Weekly)

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Publisher's Weekly

Here is an article about this story at Publisher's Weekly.

Update note: When I posted this link there was no link in the story to the Publisher's Weekly article.

Update note 2: This was in no way a critique of the link in the story. I just wanted people to know why I linked to PW when there was a link in the story. Thanks for posting the story and the links.

Original book

Here is the link to the original record for the book on Amazon: Legacy
(This is the self published version)

Here is the record for the pre-order of the hardcover that is part of the AmazonEncore program: Legacy: AmazonEncore Edition

Book is also going to be available as a Kindle edition. Amazon will not be losing money on this Kindle edition, like they do for some books from other publishers, as was discussed here.

Thanks, Biblio--I was

Thanks, Biblio--I was updating with the PW link as you simultaneously posted the comment. Thanks also for the link to the self-published version.

Not really the first entry

The new program may be, as the PW article says, Amazon's most significant entry into publishing--but it's not the first. CreateSpace, an Amazon division, added support for book publishing a couple of years ago--my PoD books are available through CreateSpace (and automatically through Amazon) as well as Lulu.

The difference here is tracking and promotion, and the link to Kindle.

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