How to Publish a Book on Kindle

By Carl Hose

There are more publishing options for writers today than ever. Traditional publishing avenues are often hard to come by for beginning writers, and using an alternate publishing option is a good way for new writers to get their work on the market. One of the newest advances on the publishing front is Amazon's Kindle. Kindle is a reader for electronic books. Amazon has developed a huge library of books available in the Kindle format, and they are continually expanding this library. One of the ways they do this is by allowing authors to self publish Kindle versions of their books and sell them on Amazon for a percentage of the take. Amazon keeps track of all sales and makes payments to the authors on a bi-monthly basis. Learn how you can publish your book on Kindle and get in on the ground floor of this quickly growing publishing venture.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Amazon account
  • Internet connection

Step 1

Create an Amazon account. Go to the Amazon site; on the left side of the page under "Features and Services" you'll find "Publish on Kindle." If you do not already have an account, you'll be instructed to create one. If you have an Amazon account, you will already be eligible to publish through Amazon's Digital Text Platform.

Step 2

Thoroughly edit the book you want to publish through Kindle. They don't edit, so it's up to you to make sure the work you publish represents you in the best light. Don't just run a spell check. Read your work all the way through and look for anything a spell check might not catch. It'[s a good idea to have at least one other person look over your manuscript before you upload it.

Step 3

Format your book. Amazon Kindle allows you to upload your book as an Adobe PDF, Word file, plain text file or HTML document. Avoid using the Adobe format if you can, since PDF is hard to format and might make your book appear different once Amazon formats it for Kindle.

Step 4

Upload your book to the Digital Text Platform. Amazon provides a built-in dashboard that allows writers to easily upload their books and publish them to Amazon. You don't have to publish right away. You can upload a book and it will remain on your bookshelf in draft form until you are ready to publish. Use Amazon's template for writing a blurb for your book and other information that might entice Kindle owners to purchase your book. This is also where you will enter author information and book pricing.

Step 5

Publish your book with the click of a button when you've uploaded your book and filled out all of the information pertaining to the publication. Your book will appear on Amazon within 72 hours. You'll be able to use the dashboard to keep track of sales and to add more books as they become available. Amazon will pay your royalties on a bi-monthly basis.

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