Kindle Direct Publishing, which is a new service from Amazon, is changing the way authors publish and sell their works. Instead of having to pay a middle man to get their book published, or go through costly publishing channels, authors are able to go straight to consumers and offer their work to them. Consumers will then have the ability to read it immediately free of charge. In other words, no longer does an author need to wait for the publisher to get their books out in print. They can instead start their campaign, promote their book, and then have it available at a very low cost to the public.
So, what is so unique about Kindle Direct Publishing? For one thing, it allows authors a cost effective avenue for getting their written work into the market. Traditionally, once a book was published, it was usually necessary to take that extra step of getting that book published through expensive channels, such as editors, publishers, and agents. But with Amazon’s latest platform, an author doesn’t have to pay a dime, and can instead get their book out there to the marketplace with very little effort.
Kindle Direct Publishing also offers consumers a chance to “pre-order” a book. By doing so, consumers will be able to read the book ahead of time, and if they want to buy it later on, they can do so, as well. In other words, instead of having to purchase the book after it’s been published, consumers will have the option to purchase the book before it’s been released to the public. This can mean increased sales for the authors and can also open up a flood of new consumers who wouldn’t have been able to experience the book otherwise.
Kindle Direct Publishing also has a number of benefits for authors. Rather than spending a tremendous amount of money on traditional publishing, an author can utilize a number of different aspects of their own online business to get their book out there. Authors can choose to publish their book on their own website, through e-readers, or on the Kindle Store. Each of these allows authors to get the book out to readers at a fraction of the cost of traditional publishing.
Kindle Direct Publishing also offers free resources for authors and publishers. One of these is the Kindle Open Source program. The Kindle OS is based on the Linux operating system, and as such, provides the same source code that many other operating systems use. This code is licensed under the GNU General Public License, which allows the user to make modifications to the book, as long as those modifications meet the license’s requirements.
By using the Kindle OS, a user will be able to run a series of tests on their book and let people get their own opinion. After the testing is complete, the user can then choose to buy the book or not. The book can then be made available for sale online to the public. Amazon also provides consumers with the option of purchasing the book right then and there, or waiting to receive it in the mail.
Independent book publishers have been utilizing Kindle publishing reviews for quite some time. In fact, Amazon started offering book summaries, just like what the New York Times has done. However, this service does not apply to all authors. A book review only applies to published books.
As a book publisher, I was excited about the chance to provide eBook publishing services to customers for less than the cost of traditional publishing. I am still learning a lot more about the Kindle but am very happy to have found an option for free publicity at zero cost. As a book publisher, I do not think that I have ever spent as much time getting others to read my book as I have since the Kindle launched. I think that the marketing dollars I would have required to get the book out in print would have been ridiculous. In short, the Kindle has really been helpful to me. It has enabled me to reach a wide audience that would never have been possible with other traditional forms of advertising.