A market for this kind of stuff

I can think of a thousand stories in the ponyverse — I have nearly that many “favourites” anointed at Fimfiction — I’d rather read than my own, but damn me if I didn’t warm to the idea of turning the TwiBrush tales into an ebook:

Fan fiction, in which aficionados of existing books and movies write characters into new storylines, has long been popular fodder on Internet forums — but stories based on copyrighted works are essentially impossible to sell. Amazon wants to change that with its new “Kindle Worlds” program.

Kindle Worlds, which Amazon Publishing announced on Wednesday, lets authors write “fanfic” based on licensed series and sell their works in the Kindle Store. Authors will receive 35% of net sales for books of 10,000 words or more, and 20% for short stories between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Amazon didn’t disclose how the rest of the sales will be split between the company and the copyright holders.

Now I’m certainly jumping the gun here, since Amazon has struck no deal with Hasbro and may not ever; but just the idea that such a scheme exists — and under the auspices of Amazon, which is one of the world’s Least Destructible operations — suggests that it’s just a matter of time before your AppleDash ship starts showing up on Kindles.

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