What is Kindle Direct Publishing?
Thousands of book titles, the most popular blogs, and the most authoritative newspapers – all in all – are all available with a new device and instead of a small reward. Based on something similar to 3G, Kindle has as much technology and software as it needs to connect wirelessly to Amazon, buy “content” with your credit card, and after the transaction is complete, download it to your device.
But how do these books reach your screen?
Authors who have a book that is ready to be published may choose one of the two following options: either choose the traditional publishing, where a publishing house undertakes to publish the book, or self-publishing, where the author publish his book himself. Here is where KDP comes in, or in full Kindle Direct Publishing.
Back in 2007 Amazon launched Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), a platform to be used by both authors and publishers so that they can independently publish their books directly to Kindle and Kindle Apps worldwide. A simple step by step procedure that allows authors to upload their documents choosing between a variety of formats for delivery via Whispernet.
It gives you the option of costing your work in a price range from $0.99 to $200. Add to this and the option of these works to be written in 34 different languages. It is no coincidence that Bezos invested in it and saw his money proliferate almost immediately as a result of the public’s preference…
Since Amazon holds more than 80% of the eBook market, a self-respected author definitely will want to make sure that his/her book is available on this platform.
Why would an author choose KDP and not another way to publish their work? The answer is quite simple to be exact. Publishing via KDP takes less than 5 minutes to be complete and the book appears in Kindle stores worldwide within the next 24-48 hours. Once the book is published, the authors are allowed to make any changes they wish, at any time and best of all is that they do it without any charge.
Amazon’s KDP is just one of the many tools authors can use to publish their work online. Publishing through KDP makes an eBook available on Amazon to Kindle readers but also includes a variety of features, including sales tracking, plus useful tools in order to help the author format special types of books such as children’s books.
The platform is very easy to use. Sit back on your computer and all you need to start is:
- Your book title and subtitle if applicable, as well as your name or pseudonym, should you choose to have one.
- Your book description.
- Know and select in which category your book belongs.
- Your text and keywords as well as the book cover.
- Name your price for the book.
Should you have them all, then all you need to do next is follow the guideline that you will find on the platform, which includes these four steps:
- Getting started. Enter your author, payment, and tax information to set up your KDP account.
- Book details. Enter information such as title, author, and description to help readers find your book.
- Manuscript & cover. Transform your manuscript into a formatted file and design a cover that grabs readers’ attention.
- Rights & pricing. Decide where and for how much you want to sell your book
Once you’ve submitted the above information and click the publish button your eBook will be ready, uploaded and accessible to the Kindle browsing public! Should the author decide to alternate details like switching covers, update the description or even change the price for a promotional reason, he can use the KDP as well.
It’s worth mentioning that Amazon offers the KDP Select publishing option that requires 100% exclusivity, meaning that with this option the e-book cannot be sold anywhere else but also allows Amazon to promote the book as they see fit to hit more profits. Also, KDP Select is a program that offers a number of additional tools to the authors that select it.
To sum up, if you’re looking to be self-published, KDP is the absolute app to use if you want to make your book available to readers online. In addition, if you’re looking for marketing guides, enrolling it in KDP Select will provide you with promotional tools and a wider reach at the cost of exclusivity.