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Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

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Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, frequently referred to simply as “KDP,” is Amazon’s platform dedicated to publishing to their Kindle format. There is no cost to get started, and there is a complete online interface to start the process, maintain your published titles, and monitor your sales. The website is kdp.amazon.com.

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5 reviews of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

  • 1 / 5 found this review helpful.
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    I am very happy with this service

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  • 21 / 21 found this review helpful.
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    I love KDP Amazon and am always recommending it as an Indie author’s best friend. KDP Amazon is how I first published my own novels as Kindle ebooks in 2009, and I remember being amazed that the service was free plus Amazon paid me 70% of every sale. Imagine how exciting it was when people began reading my novels on Kindles and leaving reviews! This became the turning point in my career, and I began mentoring other writers on how to do this in addition to so many other free online resources for us to help spread our books around. KDP also has reliable customer service and excellent programs like Amazon Author Central to help make the most of the endeavor. No other retailer even comes close.
    These days I sell ebooks from everywhere possible including my own websites, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords and more, but KDP Amazon is still my biggest seller by far, which has enabled me to become a full-time author and leave the house painting business. Since Amazon is the king of the ebook industry, every author should have her/his books listed for sale there, and the best way is to do it yourself directly with KDP and not share the profits with some middle agency.
    I do have a list of recommendations for Indie authors wanting to self-publish this way:
    1. Write and edit the best book possible before publishing. No reason to rush into this if it might end up in bad reviews.
    2. Learn proper formatting from the free Style Guide at Smashwords. It will help immensely before uploading to Amazon KDP. Then after you’ve uploaded, scroll through the entire document in Preview mode and make changes if necessary.
    3. Work hard on a great cover. If you can’t do it yourself, spend some money on a professional because this will make or break a lot of initial sales.
    4. Whenever you find a misspelling, typo or need for alteration, fix it immediately with a fresh upload (usually takes about 12 hours to become live). This is another great thing about digital publishing, and it enables you to make the book better in almost no time at all for the next customers.
    5. They have a comprehensive support forum to answer almost any question.
    6. Consider reading my book, How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for Free. Yes, this will come across as self-promotional, but I truly believe it’s the most comprehensive guide to making the most of Indie publishing without spending any more money than necessary. Plus you’ll have a friend in me to help with your writing projects.
    Enjoy KDP Amazon and best wishes for your books and readers.

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  • 14 / 15 found this review helpful.
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    I am a traditionalist. I’ve been published by big houses like Random House and St. Martin’s Press, as well as medium-sized publishers (Career Press and Capital Books), and I thought I was happy — happy to make $1.05 a book, wait years to see my book make it to market, allow editors to make decisions on my behalf, and work with an agent that may or may not want to represent my next title. What was I thinking? Happiness is using Kindle Direct Publishing. Now my books come out when I want, how I want, and I make a lot more money. I couldn’t be happier.

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  • 2 / 3 found this review helpful.
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    Quick and easy. What you post is what you get. No barriers, no safety net. Free, though. Only drawback is having the mobi format and stuck to Kindle readers (mostly). But they take epubs, so that much is easier.

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  • 8 / 8 found this review helpful.
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    If there’s one place you need to be, as an indie author, it’s KDP. Amazon is the biggest marketplace for ebooks, and KDP has the best interface, bar none. I personally format my ebooks with Sigil and Calibre to make pretty fonts and images inside, but you can also easily upload straight from your (cleaned up) word doc. It’s just crazy easy and if you only publish in one place, this is where it needs to be.

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