Amazon has for the longest time been the largest online book retailer. If you are interested in selling your eBook on Amazon, you can use Amazon KDP as an easy way out for you to handle the process on your own. KDP is Kindle Direct Publishing and is a web-based system which allows manuscript uploading, conversion to the right format to create Kindle book and also the management of Amazon.com listing.
Step to Publish you eBook On Amazon
Create a KDP account
Creating your Amazon KDP account is free, and you can use the sign-up page https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin.
In case you have an account already, then all you have to do is use your current details and add a little more information on how you wish to be paid when your eBooks do generate sales.
With your account now set up; sign in so you can gain access to your Bookshelf. On this page, you will get a list of eBooks you have published on the Amazon website, but if you are a first-timer, there obviously won’t be any books featured. You can check and download sales reports for the titles on the top part of the screen with ‘Reports.’ The ‘Community’ section takes you to user forums and knowledge base.
Add eBook details
To add your eBook, go to your bookshelf and on the top left corner of your page look for the ‘create new title’ button and click on it.
It will open up a screen where you are supposed to enter the information about the eBook that you wish to add. The screen contains two pages that you are meant to fill. The first page has the following primary fields that you need to fill out:
Book basics – They include title, description, edition number and book contributor where the author details go.
Publishing Details – The details required in this field include language, publisher, publication date and ISBN although it is not compulsory when selling an eBook on Amazon.
Publishing rights, Browse and Search, product image and book content are the other fields that you will also find on the page. These pages are self-explanatory even without the on-screen help prompts, but you can still use the prompts in case you feel a need for more clarification on what you are supposed to enter into the fields. Here are tips that can help you do a good job filling out the pages.
- To sell your eBook on Amazon, it is not a must to have an ISBN. You can, therefore, leave the field blank if you have no number.
- Be careful when selecting Browse and Search categories. They hold high chances of fetching you promotional opportunities so make sure categories remain relevant to the book. You can achieve an Amazon Top Bestseller status with a niche category; so don’t feel as though you must choose most general and popular categories.
- The eBook cover should be the Product image, and it should be well designed to help the book sell. Ensure that you upload a cover that is at least 500 pixels wide and 1280 pixels tall maximum. TIFF or JPEG files can be uploaded.
- DRM, Digital Rights Management is a technology that stops illegal eBook sharing. However, people still manage to remove it and will upload your book nonetheless so the final decision whether to use or not relies on you.
The field where you upload book content is usually the last one on the first screen. You enjoy some flexibility here because you can upload the content in the formats like plain text (.txt), word (.doc), zipped HTML (.zip), Adobe PDF (.pdf) and Mobipocket (.mobi and .prc).
Most people have books in PDF and Word documents, but they don’t generate best results when they are converted especially for a book that contains tables, photos, and graphics or other imagery. You can use the samples and guides on Amazon DTP website to get the best format before you upload content.
Importance of Mobi
MobiPocket happens to be the most suitable format because it remains intact even after conversion hence you will have a professional looking eBook. You can find free software to generate Mobipocket files that are unique, although it is a process that requires lots of attention.
As soon as your file has been uploaded, Amazon DTP converts it to a format that is Kindle friendly, and you can have a preview of your converted eBook from the screen.
After previewing, you can click on Save and Continue button on the bottom part of the page. You will then proceed to the next screen where you get a ‘Rights and Pricing’ section. Here you are expected to enter content rights and royalty options. On the fee options, you have 35% or 70% and list price. Amazon introduced 70% royalty option back in 2010, and it pays you this percentage of your selling price and less delivery fee for every sale. To enjoy the 70% royalty option, your eBook should be priced between $2.99 and $9.99 or £1.49 and £6.99. In case your price for the eBook is above this, then you would have to settle for the 35% royalty option.
Publish your eBook
With your royalty options selected and the price set, select to tick the box that says you agree to the Amazon Terms and Conditions before hitting the ‘Save and Publish’ button. If you are not familiar with the terms and wish to get an overview, then take the chance to read through before hitting the save and publish button. When you click on the button, your eBook is entered into the queue awaiting sale approval by someone from Amazon, and this can take up to 48 hours. If the book is approved, you will receive an email from Amazon that your book is now on sale.
Remember that you cannot change the book details after submitting it to approval until it gets rejected or approved, so be very sure of what you are offering beforehand. Consult this link for more best practices on making your Kindle eBook perfect.