announced Thursday that users of its new fan-fiction platform,
Worlds, will be free to run wild with the characters from
's books, including "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," starting this month.
Kindle Worlds launched this spring as a fan-fiction hub for writers to self-publish stories online based on existing works and characters. The idea is that authors of the fan fiction will get up to 35% of net revenue for the books, available in the Kindle Store, while the other 65% will go to Amazon and the original copyright owner.
The addition of Vonnegut adds a veneer of prestige to the site, which started with the rights to three big Alloy Entertainment series:
Although Vonnegut's books continue to be read and rediscovered, a rumored movie adaptation of "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Charlie Kaufman and
Vonnegut may have passed away in 2007, but his work is no stranger to Kindle. In 2012, Amazon Publishing's Kindle Serials released "Sucker's Portfolio," a collection of seven previously unpublished works by the author.
"We've been very pleased with the success of the Kurt Vonnegut backlist on Kindle," said Donald C. Farber, a trustee of the Kurt Vonnegut Trust, in a statement. "With Kindle Worlds we have an opportunity to further his reach with today's readers."
Referring to the protagonist of "Slaughterhouse-Five," Farber continued, "Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time, is going to quickly become a Kindle Worlds favorite."