The Importance of Kindle Direct Publishing

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I have three books on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Here are the advantages:

1. Wider Audience – Kindle Direct Publishing can place your book on thousands of lists and search engines around the globe. They can format your book for Kindle, but I recommend uploading to Nook and Smashwords as well. Kindle is by far the easiest interface.

2. Createspace Print Edition – For absolutely no cost, you can publish your book as a printed edition (if you use their cover designer and format things properly) or you can pay a measely $39 to have the “premium” version which simply gives you a little more control as to how it is distributed.

3. Multiple Currencies – Your book can be sold in several countries and will be priced using that country’s currency which makes it easier for people in those countries to buy the book.

4. Ease of Use – Kindle Direct Publishing is probably the easiest service to use because all you do is upload a .doc file of the interior and play around with the cover editor if you use Createspace (which I recommend). You can also use the handy Scrivener program to format directly to a Kindle .mobi file and save Amazon the trouble (which isn’t much for them).

If you would like more advice about selling your book on Amazon and marketing it smartly, check out this link to a great article on the subject which will lead you to one of the best books about it.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

5 thoughts on “The Importance of Kindle Direct Publishing

  1. Nice quick read. I would also suggest that independent authors do not need to obtain an ISBN for KDP or PubIt. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have their own unique product identification number assigned to all marketplace items…this means that authors/writers do not need to obtain an ISBN to list their works on the markets. It is always to the author/writer’s advantage to obtain this ID, but can be cost prohibitive to many people.

    Have you, or any other readers reading this, ever published a book on KDP without an ISBN?

      1. Thank you for the reply!

        On, if you allow them to assign you a free ISBN, Lulu effectively becomes your publisher through the terms of use/agreement. Does Amazon also become your publisher by allowing them to assign a free ISBN to your ebook? And if so, do you accept a terms of use that states you cannot use that same ISBN in other marketplaces/publishers like Barnes and Noble?

        I opted to allow Lulu to assign me an ISBN for my hard copy because it was the cheapest/easiest way to use their Print-on-Demand (POD) services, and have them take care of the Amazon and listings. But I also gave them publishing rights, which means they dictate which marketplaces the book will be listed in using their ISBN. I still maintain all copyrights as author/creator of the work, which is nice.

        For my ebook, I’d like to maintain all publishing and copyrights. I’ve heard of many authors using a UUID, web site, or other identifying number in the DC_IDENTIFIER tag in the .ePub code. Typically, an ISBN would go here.

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. This looks like a great way for independent writers to get their stuff out there and selling! I had no idea how much Amazon offered in terms of self-publishing. I will consider it should I ever decide to publish something. Great, informative post. Thanks a lot.

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