Amazon as a Publisher

Francis Hamit has been waiting: “Amazon has finally dropped the other shoe on its publishing plans. Note that the book was originally self-published and that others are planned.”

In its most significant foray into publishing, Amazon has acquired world English rights to a self-published novel by a midwestern teenager called Legacy. The acquisition is the first for the e-tailer’s newly launched publishing banner, AmazonEncore. Amazon is re-releasing the fantasy title, in hardcover, in August. The book, by Cayla Kluver, is part of a planned a trilogy–it was published under the banner Forsooth Books, founded by Kluver and her mother–and, according to Amazon, is the first in a currently unknown number of titles from AmazonEncore.