Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest Kindle World popped up last week with the Lei Crime Series. The Lei Crime Series, written by Toby Neal, debuted on April 7. Kindle Worlds allow anyone to write stories within specific universes using characters already developed by the respective authors. The Lei Crime Kindle World [...]

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James [...]

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan [...] anonymous review policy subjects fanfic writers to abuse

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

It turns out Amazon isn’t the only site with a problem with trolls infesting anonymous reviews. Last night I received an email from a fanfic writer who was concerned over the anonymous guest reviewing function on She wrote that a friend of hers had just received a guest review [...]

Amazon expands Kindle Worlds with seven new titles

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon’s fanfic publishing arm Kindle Worlds has expanded. The company announced seven new additions on Wednesday. One of the biggest names is Veronica Mars. “Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do to give them more access to her world and that of her character is [...]

Story Surgeon: Copyright infringement or fair use?

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 7 Comments

Writer Beware has an interesting post today linking to a Kickstarter for what WB’s Victoria Strauss calls “an app for copyright infringement.” The app is called “Story Surgeon,” is seeking $15,000, and the idea is that the app will let you create edits to an e-book, save the edits, and [...]

‘Sherlock’ actors read ‘slash’ fanfic out loud at season 3 premiere; fanfic author not pleased

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 30 Comments

Oh, for crying out loud. The London season 3 premiere event of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, was emceed by feminist writer Caitlin Moran. And for God only knows what reason, during this event she thought it would be hilarious to have Benedict and Martin read aloud from [...] blocks FLAG fanfic e-book converter, disallows copying and pasting

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 22 Comments

We’ve run a couple of articles about useful apps that can turn fanfiction posted at popular online fanfiction repositories into e-books readable on portable devices. But lately, it seems that one of the most popular fanfiction repositories,, has taken issue with one of the more [...]

Amazon angles for Slaughterhouse 10, 15, 20, with Vonnegut Kindle Worlds license

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 5 Comments

Amazon has just announced one of the weirder wins in its Kindle Worlds fan fiction licensing program, with the acquisition of a license from RosettaBooks for Kindle Worlds productions based on the works of Kurt Vonnegut. “Writers will soon be able to create and sell stories inspired by the [...]

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King's compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch

By Dan Eldridge
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Six Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob [...]

Was Lovecraft the first fanfic author?

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 7 Comments

Here’s a little perspective on all the marketing hype and debate surrounding Amazon’s Kindle Worlds fanfic platform: Some of the most significant and successful subgenres of recent decades have been evolved through a process close to fanfic, which to that extent is a latecomer to the [...]

Author Joe Konrath's surprising opinions of "fair use"

By libertyc
April 15, 2013 // 9 Comments

Joe Konrath published a thoughtful piece yesterday on fair use and copyright. I thought he was spot on and made some excellent points. He started by talking about copyright as it applied to authors, not to the industry. Not surprisingly, the publishing industry (print, video and music) all focus on [...]

App Faceoff: Pocket vs. Instapaper

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 5 Comments

“Read Later” apps have become more popular as people use their smartphones and tablets on-the-go. I’ve used Pocket for years, and I recently decided to pay for Instapaper because it offered features Pocket does not. I use both, but for different purposes. Pocket is great for short [...]

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic

By libertyc
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for [...]

Law professor Rebecca Tushnet interviewed about fanfic on Reason TV

By libertyc
July 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

Fanfic and other original Internet fiction were some of the very first “e-books”, but ever since copyright owners have started paying more attention to the Internet the relationship with fans has sometimes been a thorny one. Reason TV has a 7.5-minute interview with Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown [...]

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