How to Publish Your Book on Amazon Kindle and Protect Your Rights

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It’s always exciting to publish a book, whether you are a first-timer or veteran of the writing wars.  With Amazon KDP, you have the added benefits of not dealing with impersonal book publishers, elusive agents, and “meat grinder” editors who are apt to chew up your manuscript until you no longer recognize it.

It's really never been easier to make money writing and publishing your own books.

Still, just like the writing and self-editing process, Kindle publishing demands a little effort on your part to fully benefit from its robust platform.

You are the master, and as such must know and exercise your rights within the Kindle universe.

You've written your book, added all the key pieces of content and have it properly formatted for upload.

So without further ado, let’s tackle some details regarding e-book uploads and the terms by which authors can best exploit this service.

Once you complete your book, go into your Amazon account, click the ‘Add new title’ button and enter the title of your book.

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Next, you will have two distinct steps to complete that are of equal value on your path to making money with Amazon Kindle publishing:

1. Presenting Your Book Details

A. Entering Title Information

This is where you get to tell your audience how great your book is. There are a number of details you can provide, but most authors do well by covering the following information:

  • Title (mandatory) and/or subtitles or series title (optional) - a great title is one of the most important factors in whether someone will buy your book or pass on it
  • Description (30 to 4,000 characters – be sure to get the most out of this space and focus on the benefits for the reader)
  • Age and Grade Ranges (appropriate for Children’s Books, Romance and other age-specific niches)
  • Contributors: The author and others (e.g. editors, illustrators, translators, etc. who merit consideration).
  • Language
  • Category - drill down and select ultra-specific sub-categories for your book rather than selecting a high level / generic category
  • File uploading (650Mb maximum)

B. Uploading and Previewing Book Content Before Going Live

Amazon offers a Digital Rights management service that helps prevent illegal copying and plagiarizing of your material. Also, it offers an online previewer that lets you see your book as customers will see it while browsing on their Kindle readers (devices). Alternatively, you can preview your e-book on your own Kindle DX, Touch or Fire by downloading a previewer from the site.

2. Establishing Your Rights and Pricing Details

A. Confirm Your Publishing Rights

During the e-book upload process there are two places where you will be asked to confirm your rights to publish your material:

  • Verifying your publishing rights (is your book public domain or original material?)
  • Verifying your publishing territories (Worldwide or selected territories)

If you are self-publishing then most likely you own the rights to your material and have worldwide rights to your material, so go ahead and list them in the global marketplace to maximize your sales and royalties.

B. Pricing and Royalties Details

  • Choose your royalty option (35% for public domain material; 70% otherwise).
  • Choose the price of your book in USD only and allow currency conversion for other markets. Alternatively, you can price each eligible country individually.

Currently, Amazon provides a strong incentive for you to price your works between $2.99 and $9.99 in order to get the maximum royalty of 70%. You can test different price points to see what price maximizes your sales and revenues.

After you’ve submitted the necessary information, approximately twelve hours later, your book should be available online for purchase. If you already have a print version for sale and your content, title, and contributors are exactly the same, Amazon automatically links the digital edition with the print edition. (If this doesn't happen then contact Amazon through Author Central and ask them to link the books together).

Changes to your book’s metadata (i.e. cover image, author name, etc.) should be reflected on the Amazon website within 48 hours. Note that the changes are progressive in nature, and other parts of the detail page (e.g. customer reviews) may require more time to update.

The great thing about publishing digital books with Amazon Kindle is even after the book is uploaded and available for sale, if you notice any spelling errors, typos, or grammar issues you can go back and reformat your book properly and instantly re-upload the corrected version.

Publishing books through the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform is one many ways to make money online. If you'd like to see other ways you can generate income on the Internet see this article: 5 Simple Ways to Make Money Online.