Kindle Direct Publishing is a new idea in the eBook world. While traditionalists may decry the very idea of a “firecting” revenue stream, those who are more open to newer and more innovative methods of monetizing the digital book market should embrace it with arms wide open. The Kindle’s very nature as a reader has made it attractive to all genres of reading. This means that there will be no shortage of eBooks for readers of all kinds to enjoy, and even if you don’t normally read books, you may find the Kindle’s simplicity and flexibility to be a “must have” feature.
So, what exactly are Kindle Direct Publishing and how does it effect me as an author? What are the advantages of publishing your book on kindle? When did the KDP & CreateSpace merger happen? And when will the Create Space application start offering author copies for sale? These are only some of the many questions we hope to answer in this article.
In the short term, Kindle Direct Publishing means selling your book titles through the Kindle’s free Kindle publishing application. You need a Kindle and the free Kindle publishing app to publish your book titles on the Kindle. If you already have a kindle, all you need to do is select “publish” and follow the instructions. You will be asked to provide your ISBN and page number for your book title. You can then scan in your cover image and blurbs and select “Submit.”
Step two is to sign up for a new Kindle account. There’s really no need to get a new account; once you’ve established an existing account with Amazon, it’s free to sign up for a new one with Amazon. If you’re not sure what kindle account you need, here’s the deal: you only need to have access to a computer with an internet connection. That’s it. There’s really no other hoop to jump through.
Once you’ve clicked “Submit” at the bottom of the screen, your book titles appear in the lower right-hand corner of the page. You’ll see an icon on the right side of the page that says” Preview.” Click that icon, if you like, to see what your book looks like in all its glory on the Kindle. If you don’t like the way it looks, just select “Cancel,” and you’re done formatting.
Step two is to upload your book title to the KDP site. To do this, go to “Books” on the left-hand navigation panel and click on” Publications.” Then click “uploading content.” On the next page, click “New Book,” and give your new book a title that you want to use as the file name. When you’ve completed this step, you are ready to upload the book.
The last step in formatting your e-book is to upload your book’s table of contents. To do this, click “select” next to each chapter’s link, and on the” Tables” drop-down menu select “obyward.” Save the changes and repeat the previous step in order to upload your book’s Table of Contents.
The final step is to set the dates for your e-books. This is done by going to your public Kindle account. Under “My Account,” click on the tab that says “Date.” This will bring up a list of all your e-books, one for each date. Click on each book title to display the day, month, and year that the book was published.
After all of your e-books have been formatted, go ahead and create a cover for each one. It’s best to create a cover using the same typeface as the rest of your text. Then, format each cover like you did with the Table of Content. For the most part, the formatting for a Kindle publishable e-book will be exactly the same as what you would do for a regular book. You can change the body of your e-book by adding pages or rearranging photos or graphics.
There is one important difference between an eBook published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and a regular book published through the Kindle Store. If you publish your e-books through the Kindle Store, you have to abide by the guidelines published there. However, if you publish through the Kindle Direct Publishing e-book store, you are free to alter the content and appearance as you please. You also don’t have to adhere to the Kindle’s editorial policies.
In short, a self-publisher need not worry about formatting. The main concern is the layout of the e-book itself. This is where some differences appear. In the case of e-books published through the Kindle Store, the actual book’s physical page is simply copied over. In the case of e-books published through the Kindle Direct Publishing Store, the entire document is laid out in a way that makes it easy for the user to flip from one page to the next. This allows the user to have access to just the parts of the book that they want to read.