It's been a devent run, but it looks like Kindle Scout is coming to a close. It's been hard to judge the overall success of the program that Amazon began in 2015, but it looks like it wasn't successful enough to keep investing in. I'm not tremendously surprised by this news, because Amazon has been shuttering quite a few companies and projects this year as they re-evaluate the overall business and push forward into different territory.
I hoped Kindle Scout wouldn't get the axe, but now it's just time to move on and start planning for new ventures in the future anyway. They've been declining in the number of books accepted anyway, and several of the top people moved from Kindle Scout to other projects anyway, so this is probably for the best.
Anyway, in case you are interested, here is that letter:
Dear valued scout,
As a member of the Kindle Scout voter community, we wanted to let you know of some upcoming changes being made to the Kindle Scout program.
As of April 3rd, Kindle Scout will no longer accept new submissions, and you will no longer be able to start a new Kindle Scout campaign. Once the current campaigns end their voting period, you will have until May 31st to log into your Kindle Scout profile, redeem free copies of your selected nominations, and save any info you may want.
If you have any questions about your Kindle Scout account, please contact our Customer Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate the support that you’ve provided over the years. Thanks to readers like you, hundreds of books have been selected for publication since Kindle Scout was started in 2015: http://amzn.to/2jciThO
Please continue supporting debut and emerging authors on Goodreads and Amazon.com by submitting reviews on each.
The Kindle Scout team
And, if you're really curious, we also got a direct letter for anyone who was already published via scout. Our books are already a part of the Kindle Press catalog anyway, so the only difference is we have no access to the scout team anymore. They also added that they are not interested in receiving direct submissions right now and just told anyone to use KDP to publish their books.
In general, I think books just aren't making the sort of money that Amazon would like right now, certainly not compared to their new ventures, and since they are shelling out billions of dollars for Lord of the Rings rights to make a TV show and other video projects it isn't really surprising that it's coming to a close.
I've got a project in the works and I've already turned mostly away from Kindle Scout anyway, so this isn't much of a loss for me, but it does suck because it was a great way for indie authors to at least put their content forward for vetting.
Anyway, back to the drawing board!