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Best Kindle Books and Resources for Self-Publishing on Amazon

Updated on September 10, 2012

Free Kindle Books for Amazon KDP Authors

After self-publishing with Amazon Kindle KDP program for a while now, I still look for helpful information and guides from other writers to help me out with my books.

Whether you are just getting started or an established author there are many (free) resources that can assist you in writing your book and change how your books are viewed on Amazon.

On Amazon alone there are free books, video tutorials, and an online community that can help a writer with questions on formatting books, selling a books, book covers, and more.

One of the best free books provided by Amazon is Building Your Book for Kindle. This is a free download. No Kindle is required to download the book you can view it on your iPad, PC, Laptop, iPhone and many other applications.

In the Building Your Book for Kindle, Amazon helps writers out on what to write about, building a table of contents, preparing a cover, uploading a book, and making changes after you publish your book.

The book walks you through every step of the process of publishing on Amazon. By correctly preparing your book for Amazon you prevent mistakes and precious time in re-doing things over and over again.

It is also helpful for the non-technical writers who enjoy writing in Word format. It explains in precise detail on what not to do and what you should do when preparing a book for Amazon. Unfortunately, the book does not go into how to price your book or some other things you may be looking for. For that you will have to do some research yourself.

Publishing on Kindle can be easy to do if you take the necessary steps to review how to prepare your book properly before publishing. If you follow the steps outlined in the book, you should feel confident that you will end up with a well designed formatted book and one that you will be proud to sell on Amazon.

More Free Resources for Publishing on Amazon

In addition to reading the free book that Amazon provides there is also a lot of very useful information on the Amazon KDP Web site.

The KDP site offers featured guides on publishing, videos to review on how to publish, printable PDF's to read, guides to quality content and more.

There is also a section on how to expand your audience by publishing your books as a digital audiobook. This allows customers with the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices to listen to a professionally narrated audiobook from Audible as the text of the corresponding Kindle book is highlighted on the screen. When customers buy your Kindle book, they will be able to purchase your Whispersync for Voice-ready Audible audiobook at a special limited time discounted price.

If writers are unable to find an answer on KDP site there is an available community of writers that are willing to answer questions on account issues, payments, reports, feedback, general questions, formatting, and more.

With so many free resources writers who want to start out self-publishing a book on Amazon can learn as much as possible before uploading a new book on Amazon. Existing authors can polish up their work and find out what's new in publishing.

Becoming a Successful Writer on Amazon

What makes a successful writer on Amazon? There are many answers to that question.

Some will say it's about writing books that people will want to read. Finding a niche market such as the Vampires and Zombies books that were popular over the past years is one way to look at how writers have done well. Writing how to books about subjects people are looking for answers on, or writing several books in a series can also capture readers attention.

My success as a writer has come from trial and error and lots of research. I try to write about subjects I know well and find out what my readers are interested in. For example if you want to write a cookbook, find out what types of recipes are hot right now by searching recipe sites, checking Google keywords and what books are doing well.

Don't copy what others are doing, instead take the idea and make it your own. If you want to write a book about How to bake cookies, why not create a book about a specific cookie type such as chocolate cookies, Christmas cookies, holiday cookies, kids cookies, etc.

After writing a few books on Amazon, I have gone back and updated my books, made some corrections and even reformatted my books.

One little secret I can tell you that is with the new Kindles currently for sale on the market books with pictures, children's stories and books with detailed illustrations will be more marketable.

This is due to the fact that the old eReaders were mainly in black and white and now more and more people are purchasing iPads and Kindle Fires with the option to read story books, cookbooks, garden books, and other photo books in color.

So for all those illustrators and children's book authors this may just be the right time to self-publish that kids book you have always want to write.

If you have a book already written now is the best time to upload your book and start selling. Be sure to write unique articles and blogs posts to help others find your book. Also, tag your book with keywords and experiment a little with pricing and cover art by asking friends and family what they think before selling a book.


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    • craftdrawer profile image

      craftdrawer 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comments! It's nice to know that there are a lot of free items to read and learn from before publishing.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I just downloaded the Smashwords book and am looking forward to reading it, along with the free Amazon ebooks on Kindle publishing. Great resources included in this hub! Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

      Thank you for the great information. I never actually thought of the fact that I can get a few free tutorials on publishing for the Kindle. Having a Kindle myself, and I am interested in eventually publishing, your article will really help me out. Have posted your article to my FB so that I can refer back to it as needed.