Self-publishing a book has never been more accessible, but Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Makes it easier than ever. It is the most widely used self-publishing platform globally, allowing authors to publish their work right to Amazon and the Kindle Store.

With Amazon self-publishing, you can reach the world’s largest book audience and earn up to 70% royalty on your eBooks. You can even offer your book for free to help you in promoting your book on KDP Select.

Unlike most other online publishers, Amazon’s KDP uses the “Mobi” format, the file format for Kindle’s digital books, and it runs on all Kindle devices. You can also upload your ebook by using other formats on Amazon, including ePub and others such as Doc, HTML, and RTF. However, starting with a Mobi file would be preferred because any formatting you create, like, images, charts and tables, remain intact.

How to publish an ebook on Amazon

Using the steps below to complete the process from start to finish, you will have successfully published your book in no time at all.

#1 – Set Up Your Account

  1. The first thing you need to do is set up an account with Amazon KDP by registering either with your Amazon account or with your email address. 

  2. Click on the “Self Publish With Us” tab.

  3. Click “Update” in your account information and fill in your tax information for royalties.

  4. Click “Finished” to start setting up your book.

#2 – Formatting the book for publishing

Your eBook files must be appropriately formatted for them to be uploaded to the Amazon platform. Amazon allows formats like Mobipocket (MOBI or PRC), HTML (ZIP or HTM), ePub, Rich Text Format (RTF), Plain Text (TXT), Adobe PDF and MS (DOCS and DOCX) formats. You can either hire a professional formatter to convert your current structure or format the book yourself.

When you have your ebook looking like you want it, you can publish it, and then the file will be uploaded to Amazon. 

#3 – Add your eBook details

Once your book is formatted correctly, it’s time to start the uploading process in KDP.

  • Select “Kindle eBook.”

  • Click “Create a New Title.”

  • Click on the “+” for setting up your Kindle eBook.

  • Fill out the form, including the book title, description, and keywords you want people to search to find your book.

  • Complete the page and select “I am ready to release my book now”. Click “Save and Continue.”

#4 – Upload & Publish your book file

  • To upload your manuscript, it first must be saved in a supported kindle format

  • Click the button “Upload eBook manuscript” from the second page of your shelf.

  • Select your saved eBook file from your computer

  • Click “Upload your cover file.”

  • Select your cover file from your desktop to upload it.

  • Verify that you own the rights to publish the material. 

  • Put in the price for which you want to sell your ebook, then publish it. 

(Note) :- if you don’t have a suitable cover, you can use Amazon’s cover creator tool to make it simply by choosing an image from Amazon’s library of cover art, then choose a colour scheme, and then click “Save & Submit.”

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