http://blogworkz.co.uk/how-to-submit-your-ebook-to-the-kindle-storeby Spanner Spencer, Demand Media
book by the KDP system.
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I confess I borrowed this one from Amazon Kindle (I think the directions are in public domain). However, since I goofed up royally the first time I self-pubishied a book, I think it’s worth presenting this. Amazon now has a paperback format that Indie authors can use directly on it’s site. However, I still do it the old way, because Create Space allows me to purchase author copies of my books at a discounted rate. The last time I looked this feature wasn’t available on Amazon.
Kindle is Amazon.com’s ebook publishing platform available on the Kindle ebook reader, on computers, online, for smartphones such as Android and iPhone, and for tablet devices such as the iPad. Anyone can publish a book through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) system, which then distributes the e-book via Amazon.com’s online network. The KDP system is compatible with a variety of document files and requires you to include a cover image for your e-book that will be displayed on the Kindle store.
Items you will need
- com account
- KDP-compatible e-book file (kindle book publishing compatible)
- E-book cover image
Go to the KDP Web page on your computerand log in using your Amazon.com account details. If requested, read and agree to the KDP terms and conditions.
Click the “Add a New Title” button in the upper-left corner of the KDP “Bookshelf” page.
Enter the relevant details of your e-book in the “Book Basics” section, including a title, edition number and product description. The description is the synopsis people will see when browsing the Kindle store.
Click the “Add Contributors” button and enter the details of the e-book’s author or authors. Click the “Save” button to finish adding contributors.
Set the language of the e-book using the “Language” drop-down menu in the “Publishing Details” section and set a publication date using the calendar to determine when the e-book will go on sale. If you want it to go on sale immediately, leave this section blank.
Click the “Add Categories” button in the “Browse and Search” section and select at least one relevant category for your e-book to be filed under.
Click the “Browse for Image” button in the “Product Image” section and select the cover image from your computer. Click the “Upload Image” button to add the cover image to your e-book.
Select your preferred option for adding copy protection to the e-book in the “Book Content” section using the two radio buttons. Click the “Browse for Book” button and select the e-book file on your computer followed by the “Open” button. Your e-book will now be uploaded to Amazon.com and its digital rights management (DRM) will be applied.
Click the “Save and Continue” button and then select your preferred royalty option on the next page using the two radio buttons. Enter the price you want to sell your e-book for in the “List Price” box next to the royalty options.
Tick the “Terms and Conditions” box at the bottom of the page followed by the “Save and Publish” button. Your e-book will appear for sale on the Amazon.com Kindle store within the next 24 hours.
Tips & Warnings
How to Submit Your eBook to the Kindle Store
Submitting Your eBook to the Kindle Store
Getting your eBook on the Kindle format is a powerful way to get exposure to a group of people that may never actively search for your book online. You’ll be exposed to people who are ready and willing to spend money and can purchase your book quickly and easily at the click of a button.
Amazon’s process for submitting an eBook used to be long and complicated, requiring an ISBN number and a lengthy application process similar to its physical book process.
With the Kindle’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP) you can now submit your eBook to the Kindle quickly and easily. Here’s how.
Step 1: Sign In to the DTP
Go to: http://dtp.amazon.com
You’ll be presented with the introduction page. Sign in to your Amazon account.
Step 2: Add Seller Information
When you log onto the DTP system, you’ll immediately be presented with a screen that says “Your account information is incomplete.”
That’s because you currently have an account for buying books on Amazon but not for selling books on Amazon.
Click the “Update Now” button to give Amazon the necessary information to have an account that can submit books to the Kindle.
Step 3: Fill Out Your Account Information
page that should be mostly self-explanatory. Fill out your name, tax ID / SSN number and how you’d like to receive your payments.
Step 4: Add Your First eBook
Once you save your changes, you’ll be returned to the main screen. Click “Add a new title” to add your first eBook.
Step 5: Fill Out the Book Details
When you click the add button, you’ll be presented with a long page of options for your book. Here’s what each section means.
Provide the title of your book and the description. Remember that these are two of the most important things people will use to consider whether to buy your book or not. The title and description should be both descriptive and compelling.
2) Book contributors – Who are the authors?
3) Publishing Details – What language is the book in? Everything else is optional.
Do you own the rights or is the book in the public domain?
2) What category does the book belong in? This will help people who don’t know of your title find your book. If you’re unsure, look for books similar to yours and see what categories they put themselves in. You should also add a few keywords to make the book easier to find.
3) Your book cover. Perhaps more than any other factor, your book cover is what will catch attention and get people to buy your book.
4) Upload your book. Amazon prefers HTML format, though they can accept PDF format as well.
When you hit continue, you’ll be taken to the rights & pricing page:
Here you’ll set whether you want to sell the book all over the world or just in certain parts of the world. You’ll also set your royalty percentage and your listing price.
Once you hit submit, your book will be reviewed by Amazon. Once you receive approval, your eBook will be live on the Kindle store
- The KDP system is compatible with e-books in Microsoft Word, plain text, Mobipocket and ePub file formats.
What You Need to Submit Your Book For Kindle Publishing
June 6, 2011
We’ve talked why you should write a Kindle book, but we haven’t touched on just how easy it is to submit your manuscript for publication.
Unlike traditional publishing, there’s no need for an agent, you don’t have to submit your manuscript for consideration, and you don’t have to wait the months or even years it takes to have your book press-printed.
Instead, you just follow these simple steps:
- Go to https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signinand sign in using your Amazon account.
- Read and accept the terms of service.
- Click “Add a New Title” and enter your book details including:
-Language, publication date, publisher, and ISBN (all optional)
-Verify your rights (whether the book is public domain, or you own the rights)
-Add categories and keywords to target your book
-Upload your book cover
-Upload your book file
- Determine Rights and Pricing, including:
-Royalties (35% or 70%)
-Kindle book lending
It’s really that easy! If your manuscript and cover are finished, the whole process can be completed in just a few minutes. Then you’ll wait for approval, which can occur as quickly as 24 hours.
Compare that to the year-plus that print authors must wait to see their books in the bookstore, and you’ll know why authors love the Kindle!
A note on formats: To publish to the Kindle, you must have your content in the right format.
Here are the supported formats for the Kindle:
-.mobi and .prc
A note on covers: Would you purchase a book from Barnes and Noble that had no cover, or had just a plain brown wrapper? Possibly, but probably not.
We’re visual creatures, and in the online world when you can’t pick up a book to leaf through it, the cover sells the book. Spend some time and money on getting your cover right.
When a customer is browsing the Kindle store in Amazon, you want your book cover to be professional and eye-catching.
Look at other book covers to see what appeals to you, and find a graphic designer who can assist you in creating the look you want.
Graphics don’t have to be expensive; try sources like fiverr.com, shelancer.com, and odesk.comfor graphics help.
NOTE FROM GAIL: please note that Amazon has since added a paperback section which is not included here.