Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a self-publishing platform provided by Amazon, of course. This provides an outlet to a lot of independent writers to create and format their own books for free.
Setting up your own account in KDP is easy. You just need to sign in your Amazon account. If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can just make your own since it’s fast and easy. When you’re done, you just have to log into your account and start with your publishing.
The process is easy and basic. Click the Bookshelf menu found on the upper part of the page. This will lead you to a page that will allow you to enter the title of your book and other important details about your book like the description, language and others. You can also put in search tags to make your book easier to locate for shoppers. After this, you can already upload your manuscript along with the cover.
You can use different file formats when uploading your book. You can use Microsoft Word (.doc), ePub (.epub), Adobe PDF (.pdf), MobiPocket (.prc and .mobi), and Text (.txt). After you upload the files, you’ll be directed to the pricing tab where you get to set a price for your book and get your royalties. You can choose two options for your royalties, either the 70 or 35 percent royalties. Each of these royalties has its own advantages and disadvantages. It has its own different features that you’ll have to read about so that you can decide which one is for you.
With KDP, you are not just provided the means of publishing you are also provided with tools and resources that can help you in formatting and converting your work. You can also post questions and look for tips at the community page of KDP. You can find that there a lot of independent authors that are helping out others by sharing their experiences and giving answers to questions posted by other writers.
KDP can help you in selling your work through the different Amazon websites. It will also be able for purchase for the different Kindle users and Kindle app users. This makes your book available to a large number of consumers and active e-reader user. Aside from using KDP to publish your ebook for free, you may also want to expand your reach by printing paper books through CreateSpace. By using a number of channels for selling, you are increasing your chances of selling your work to a larger market.