(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon Publishing announced that it has secured a new Kindle Worlds license from RosettaBooks for the books of Kurt Vonnegut. Writers will soon be able to create and sell stories inspired by the iconic books of Kurt Vonnegut with Kindle Worlds’ self-service submission platform. The submission platform for works under this license is expected to open in August. Kindle Worlds is the first commercial publishing platform that enables any writer to write stories based on a range of original works and characters and earn royalties for doing so.
Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. Considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century, Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and was followed by numerous works, among them Cat’s Cradle (1963), Welcome to the Monkey House; and Breakfast of Champions (1973). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). The Modern Library included Slaughterhouse-Five on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20 th century, and it also appeared in “Time” magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. In 2012, Amazon Publishing’s Kindle Serials released Sucker’s Portfolio, an exclusive serialized collection of seven previously unpublished works by Vonnegut.
“Since the launch of Kindle Worlds a month ago, we’ve published over 120 stories and the customer response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Philip Patrick, Director, Business Development and Publisher of Kindle Worlds. “To include the work of an American literary icon in Kindle Worlds is a thrill for us and a golden opportunity for Vonnegut fans everywhere.”