Amazon provides Kindle Publishing advice on its site.
AMAZON'S KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING (KDP)
This page attempts to provide very basic tips for writers who are interested in Kindle Direct Publishing. Amazon's site contains all sorts of info on taking your book through this process. Read as much as you can on Amazon. Then, conduct a Google search on this topic until you feel you have a real handle on publishing via Kindle Direct Publishing. This is a great way to publish--especially if you want an inexpensive kindle alternative available for a book you have for sale on Amazon. For writers who are publishing for the first time, if you select the kindle route, be sure you develop a carefully researched set of steps you'll need to follow when you start down this path.
What does publishing on a Kindle involve ?
Amazon provided this info: Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) helps you publish your book directly to Kindle devices and apps. With KDP, you can convert your book to an eBook and sell it on the Amazon Kindle Store.
TIPS ON PREPARING TO PUBLISH ON A KINDLE
PREPARATION WORK: Prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word or a similar program. KDP supports many formats, but these produce the most consistent results when converted for reading on Kindle devices and apps:
Word (DOC / DOCX)
SIGN IN TO KDP USING YOUR AMAZON ACCOUNT or email address.
Enter the required title information (book title, author name, categories, etc.).Use our Cover Creator tool to create your book cover, or upload your own.Verify your rights and territories. Set your prices and publish.
BUILDING YOUR BOOK FOR KINDLE: Amazon provides a FREE App on "Building Your Book for Kindle" The book starts with a "Before You Write" chapter that tells you exactly what not to do while you're actually writing your book - things like, "Avoid using tabs and spaces to indent paragraphs and icons." It then proceeds to tell you what exactly how to form your paragraphs (using Word's Page Layout feature).
THE CUSTOMER'S PERSPECTIVE:
"If you are looking for a short, quick guide on how to publish on the Kindle, Amazon's free booklet on this subject will readily fill the bill IF your book is less than a megabyte in size, is essentially straight text, and you do not care too much about the formatting details, this should be the only book you need."
Cover Art: This App provides a very good synopsis of how to form your cover art. One customer mentioned it took a long time to find references to this issue on the Amazon website, which is why this guide is essential. It clearly and succinctly tells you everything you need to know. (The picture needs to be a jpg or tif file, at least 1000 pixels on the longest side, and the height-to-width ratio should be about 1.6.)
Also included are info on how to create table of contents, how to insert illustrations into the main book, etc. Then on to how to convert your Word file into html and how to upload it onto Amazon.
After completing your account setup and preparing your book file, follow these steps to publish your polished, formatted manuscript:
Log in to your account and go to your Bookshelf.
Review the New Title Checklist for things you'll need, then click Create new title.
Complete the fields in Step 1 (Your Book) and Step 2 (Rights & Pricing), including:
Enter Title Information
Upload and Preview Book Content
Confirm Publishing Rights
Enter Pricing and Royalty Information
When you've entered your required information, select the check box to confirm you have all rights necessary to publish your book, then click "Save and Publish."
It can take from 24 to 48 hours for your book to be available for purchase in the Kindle Store. If you already have a print edition of the same book title on Amazon, and the contributors match with your Kindle edition, we'll automatically link your books.
If you change your book details later on (cover image, author name, etc.), it will take about 48 hours for your changes to display on your book's detail page. Changes are progressive and other parts of the detail page, such as customer reviews, may take longer to update.
Much of this material came from reading Kindle instructions as well as
a variety of other newspaper and magazine articles on Kindle publishing. The info
I found here was mostly combined to make this page easy to access
I can't take credit for this material.Thanks for giving me credit...GabriellaR45
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