I'm not a fan of Amazon. I've heard too many horror stories, seen too much mistreatment, and watched the company scrub out the spirit of entrepreneurship and capitalism too often. Amazon is the online equivalent of Wal-Mart.
And I'm less than happy with Wal-Mart.
Having said this, it should come as no surprise that I'm not shaking the pom-poms about Amazon's newest venture Kindle Worlds, a marketplace specifically for fan fiction. Amazon has negotiated copyright agreements with a small handful of brand rights-holders to let their fan fiction writers publish their works free and clear of any copyright problems.
This may be the second-worst thing Fifty Shades of Grey has ever done.
I talk about the main players in this venture and what they have to gain and lose over at the digitalrelevance™ blog. Check out The Four Faces of Amazon's Foray into Fan Fiction: Kindle Worlds.