Amazon Kindlescout to Begin Publishing Crowd-Sourced Titles
Amazon is moving full-speed ahead with their plan to crowd-source at least part of the editorial and publishing process through their Kindlescout program. Kindlescout is an interesting concept and is sure to appeal to some readers. The main concern readers and authors should have is whether this is another step toward Amazon's stated goal of essentially eliminating legacy publishing. Not just as a competitor to their publishing initiatives, but as an overall business model.
Contrary to some opinions, there is room for both the Amazon-type model and the legacy model. That certain vocal parties won't acknowledge Amazon's intent should be problematic to anyone examining the current state of publishing. No one is stopping any author from self-publishing on...