Amazon’s self-publishing service will be open to anyone starting a new book in the coming months, according to a new article published by Vice News.
The new article says that “in a few weeks, we will open Amazon’s publishing platform to anyone who wants to publish on the platform,” and says that the platform will be “free to all.”
The article says the move is a “major win for authors,” but that authors who want to get started will still need to pay for “a subscription service, an Amazon-specific account, and a registration.”
“The move is not just about giving authors the ability to self-distribute, but also helping them to get a platform they want without having to commit to a high upfront cost,” the article says.
“While the platform itself will remain free to all, the additional features Amazon will offer will be the kind of services that make a book a better value.”
This comes as a shock to some authors, who were promised the platform and other perks, but have not yet received them.
The article says Amazon will give authors “the chance to work directly with Amazon Publishing partners, and share tips and techniques on how to make your work more enjoyable.”
However, it goes on to say that Amazon will also be offering “a new partnership for authors who have already published a book, so they can now access all of the same benefits as authors who published their first book, including access to the Kindle Publishing Program, and access to Amazon’s exclusive and curated catalog.”
Amazon also promised to make publishing more efficient, with a new “Amazon Prime Membership,” which will allow authors to get access to “premium books, titles, and digital content” for $9.99 per month.
The platform, which was created in 2014 by a team of 30 developers and published by Amazon in February, is a platform for authors to publish books and other digital content.
The service lets authors upload any digital content and receive a share of sales from Amazon, which will then give authors royalties.
Amazon is offering authors the chance to use the platform to “streamline the publishing process” and improve their authorship.
“For writers, the ability for authors in self-published books to publish their work in their native language, without having their work translated or edited, will enable them to be the first to read and review their books.
For the most part, authors will still have to pay a publisher for their books to appear on Amazon, but the platform offers authors an opportunity to streamline their publishing process and increase their sales,” the report says.
The company is also offering a new way for authors “to monetize their work” that is currently not available to them, according the article.
“We are excited to be making the platform available to all writers who have been signed up to the Amazon Publishing Program,” Amazon’s editor-in-chief, Brian Dean, wrote in a statement to Vice News, adding that the company is “very excited” to have “an avenue to help authors get their books published quickly and cheaply.”
As a bonus, the platform also promises to make the process of getting a book published “more transparent.”
“Amazon Publishing Program participants will have the option to create a new Amazon Publishing Account that will allow them to upload their books, books, and books to Amazon in their original languages, with the possibility of adding their own translation into those languages,” the company wrote.
“The option to use Amazon’s translation tool, known as Translator Lite, will allow users to choose the languages they want to use to translate their book to their native languages.”
Read the Vice News article here.