Are you a self-published author? Are you looking to have your books published on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) so that people can buy them from the Amazon kindle store instead of buying from traditional booksellers? If you answered “yes” to either question, this article is for you.
Kindle Direct Publishing is an online publishing network that allows you to sell books directly to your audience through Amazon’s Kindle store. You do not need a brick-and-mortar bookstore to sell your books through this channel; as a matter of fact, many authors prefer selling their ebooks through this alternative route as opposed to selling physical books.
With KDP, instead of purchasing a traditional printed book, you submit a digital file called a “book” (a.k.a., “ebook”) that contains all the content necessary to promote and sell your book. Amazon handles the rest, connecting with publishers who want to put their works on display in paperback or eBook format exclusively on Amazon.
If you’re an experienced author who publishes their books on regular channels but would like your work to appear in one of the world’s most prominent print book stores, this may be the perfect solution for you.
Create an ebook Version of Your Book
The process is straightforward if you have written a book and want to publish it on Kindle Direct Publishing. Here are the steps:
- Create an account at Kindle Direct Publishing. If you do not have one, you can create one here.
- Click “Create New Book” and fill out the form. You will need to provide the title of your book, the author name, and your Amazon Associate ID.
- Click on “Upload Your Book” and select your ebook file from your computer. Be sure to choose a format compatible with Kindle Direct Publishing – typically, this is either MOBI or AZW3.
- Click on “Next” and review the details of your book. Verify that everything looks correct, then click on “Next.”
- You will now be asked to pay for your book. Choose a price and click on “Next.”
- You will now be transferred to a confirmation page, where you will need to verify your payment information. Click on “Confirm Payment,” and you are ready to publish!
Upload the Book Files to Amazon’s Platform
Uploading your book files to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform is easy to get them up and running on Kindle. There are several vital steps to follow before uploading your books, so be sure to read through this guide carefully.
First, make a copy of your manuscript in PDF or Word format. You’ll need this file to create your book’s cover and interior layout. Second, create a book cover template by downloading one from Amazon.com. This template will provide basic information about your books, such as the title, author name, and publisher.
Finally, upload your manuscript and cover template to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. You can use the direct link provided on the website or download the Kindle publishing app on your computer and use that instead.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be ready to publish your book! The next step is to choose a price and description for your book. You can also choose whether you’d like to have a print edition available at the same time as an electronic version.
Once you’ve made these choices, click the Publish button on Amazon’s website or in the Kindle Direct Publishing app. There are some final steps you’ll need to take before your book is
Click on “Publish” Button
In the Select Kindle book publishing platform screen, select Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) as the publishing platform. From the list of Kindle Direct Publishing books, select this link:
Click on “Create New Book” button
Enter the title of your book in the Title text box. Enter a subtitle in the Subtitle text box. Leave the genre and format boxes empty. Click on the Create button.
You will be taken to the Edit Book Details page, where you can add some basic information about your new book. You can enter a description, series name, and keyword(s). If you want, you can also add images and hyperlinks. Click the Publish button when you’re done.
Now that your book is published, you’ll need to set up your Amazon Author Central account if you haven’t already done so. Follow these instructions to create an Amazon Author Central account:
-Go to amazonauthorcentral.com and sign in with your Amazon credentials
-Click on Your Account (top right corner)
-On Your Account page, under Public Profile, click on Add New Profile
-In the Add New Profile dialog box
Now Your E-Book Is Published on KDP
Congratulations! Your ebook is now available in Kindle stores worldwide. To ensure customers can find your book, follow these instructions to publish it on the Amazon website and Kindle devices and apps.
I think many people don’t know how profitable it can be to publish books on Kindle. It’s true, its not an easy task, and its not as simple as just putting in text, but with the proper knowledge and expertise, you can still make money by publishing your book on amazon.