Amazon’s Kindle Scout is a Masterful Meld of Kickstarter and Product Hunt

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(Screengrab via Amazon) (Screengrab via Amazon)

Amazon has spent the better part of two decades wreaking havoc on the publishing industry, which has been decimated by digital innovation. Today’s announcement is the next in a long line of plays — from the massive sales of discount books to the pioneering of ebook sales — to develop a world where traditional publishing houses are obsolete, for better or worse.

This morning, Amazon launched Kindle Scout, a platform for upvoting potential book pitches in an effort to chose the best one each month. It’s like a fusion of Kickstarter and Product Hunt that takes the best qualities of each in order to crowdsource jobs of low level editorial assistants and readers who discover upcoming publishing talent.

There are two pieces that make Kindle Scout a formidable platform: The first being the crowdsourcing aspect. Each month, a new winner will be selected from the most upvoted…

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