Time To Get Started with Kindle Publishing
If you’re not publishing on the Kindle yet, it’s definitely time to start. It’s such an easy process that there’s no excuse for not making your book available through the platform. Of course, there are other options, such as using Smashwords to publish on a wide range of platforms. But if I had to pick one, my money would certainly be on the Kindle.
Kindle Facts and Figures
With Kindle books now outselling physical books on Amazon and the recent news that John Locke had become the eighth Amazon author to sell more than 1 million Kindle books it is evident that platform isn’t going anywhere. (See more Kindle facts and figures here.) Although I plan to try out other platforms, so far I have released all my recent ebooks for the Kindle. Here’s how the process works.
Getting Started with Kindle Publishing
Use your Amazon credentials to create a Kindle Direct Publishing account. Once you’re in, click the ‘add new title’ link to get access to a one-page form where you can fill in all the book information that Amazon needs. This includes the edition, description, the names of contributors, language, publication date, publisher and, if you have it, the ISBN. If you’re planning to publish a physical book at some point, an ISBN is a good idea — and you will need one for each edition. Get yours here. If you’re outside the US, check this link for the appropriate agency.
Uploading Your Kindle Ebook
Apart from that, the description is the most important of these fields. That’s what readers use to decide whether to buy your book. You need to include a good synopsis of your book as well as any keywords that people might use to find it. In other words, you need to SEO your book description.
The last few steps on the first page are to add your categories, decide on digital rights management and upload your e-book. There are lots of choices of format for your e-book, but I’ve found the best option is to create a text file and format it with these Kindle formatting codes. That’s the best way to get rid of any anomalies in the publication process. While you are waiting for the upload to complete you can save and proceed to the second of the two pages.
Kindle Ebook Rights and Pricing
Page two deals with rights and pricing your e-book. First, you have to let Amazon know that you have the right to publish your e-book and you choose where in the world those rights apply. For many people, this will probably be worldwide. You are also able to set the price and decide on the royalty you want to receive. Low-priced books will only receive a 35% royalty but there is a 70% royalty for books in a higher price bracket. Save, preview your ebook (this is essential to know what it will look like on the Kindle) and publish. Within a couple of days your book will be live.
Your last step is to create your author page on Amazon Author Central, claim your e-book and encourage everyone you know to submit positive reviews to will help with promotion and marketing.
So far, I have found this to be a relatively straightforward process, especially for the mostly text based books that I produce.
Have you published a Kindle ebook yet? Tell us about your experiences and what you thougt of the process.
Image courtesy of Maggie Smith.