How to Publish an eBook on Amazon.com

By Elvis Michael

Aside from managing a wide range of physical items, Amazon enables authors to establish a presence through ebook publishing. The prominent e-commerce site allows writers to publish their work for free and exposes it to a vast number of Kindle owners and readers worldwide. Uploading such content does not require a specified length or structure, only uniqueness and certain author information for identification purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number
  • Bank Account

Step 1

Visit the Kindle Direct Publishing platform (see Resources). Click the “Sign in” button to log in to your existing Amazon account; otherwise click “Sign Up” to create a new account and follow all necessary instructions.

Step 2

Click “Add New Title” from the default Bookshelf tab, which subsequently allows you to upload your ebook along with a variety of supporting details.

Step 3

Select whether to enroll your ebook in the KDP Select program, which allows Amazon Prime members to read the book free of charge and lend it to friends and family.

Step 4

Add the ebook’s basic details in their respective fields, such as its title, a detailed description and its contributors. Optional selections include the ebook’s language, publisher and ISBN number.

Step 5

Select whether your ebook is public domain work or if you own all necessary rights.

Step 6

Upload your ebook’s cover from its corresponding option. Otherwise, Amazon uses a generic placeholder image to portray your ebook on its website.

Step 7

Select whether to use Digital Rights Management, or DRM, settings with your book, which applies a security encryption to prevent unauthorized distribution of your ebook file. Preview the ebook using the subsequent “Preview Book” option.

Step 8

Click “Save and Continue” to proceed to the next tab.

Step 9

Select whether to publish your ebook to worldwide territories or only within individual regions. Amazon’s default option distributes your book to all supported countries.

Step 10

Assign the ebook’s price and select the royalty amount you wish to receive with each sale. You receive 35 percent royalty if your ebook’s list price is between .99 cents and $2.98, or between $10 and $200. Select the 70 percent royalty if the list price is between $2.99 and $9.99.

Step 11

Toggle the Kindle Book Lending check box, which allows readers to lend your work to others for a period of 14 days.

Step 12

Read and select the check box pertaining to Amazon’s license terms. Click “Save and Publish” to submit your ebook for review. Allow up to 48 hours for your work to become available on Amazon.com.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may only publish text for which you own the electronic rights.