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How to Self-Publish with Kindle Direct Publishing: Why Should You Care?

Updated on June 9, 2012

Regardless of whether you are a fiction writer, business owners, freelancer or even a hobbyist, imagine being able to create a "hands-free" method of passive income that will improve your business and aid in audience education. Since the first release of the Kindle in 2007 Amazon revolutionized how we read. Kindle Direct Publishing now gives writers the opportunity that many may consider a life-long milestone: publishing a book.

Why self-publish with Kindle Direct Publishing?

While there are other means of self-publishing available many believe that Kindle Direct Publishing or KDP is on top. There are numerous reasons for this belief and, of course, everyone has their own opinions. Let's take a look at 5 reasons you should consider publishing with KDP.

  • Simplicity

Are you not exactly "tech-savvy"? Or perhaps the thought of having to traverse the world wide web is daunting. Regardless of your internet experience, KDP has made self-publishing as easy as pie. The entire process is quite literally fool-proof and easy to navigate. They guide you through the entire process step by step. You could quite easily have your eBook downloading in a matter of minutes.

  • No Investment

KDP offers the best price in self-publishing: free! You do not have to pay a penny to upload your eBook and begin collecting your royalties. In fact, you can very well create your entire eBook without spending any money at all if you use free images!

  • Royalties

If you've ever looked into publishing a book you'll know that the royalties you collect are not quite substantial. In fact, unless you write a best seller you'll like collect between 8% and 10% in royalties. KDP offers either 35% or 70% in royalties for their writers! There is no doubt that KDP blows other publishing companies out of the water. You get to keep more of what you make. Who wouldn't want that?

  • Audience

The audience you can reach through Kindle Direct Publishing is astounding. As with any product, eBooks included, it is important to understand who will be accessing them. Approximately 88% of Kindle owners make $80,000 a year or more and 27% have Master's degrees or doctorates. Your eBooks have the ability to reach a well-educated audience that is looking for solutions.

  • Bandwagon

Now, I personally do not "jump onto the bandwagon" whenever something new comes along. However, statistics do not lie. Nearly 83% of parents allow and encourage their children to read books on e-readers. This is huge. Some people believe that e-readers are slowly taking over. Even Amazon has been selling more eBooks than print. Right now is the time to get started with self-publishing and get your name out there.

What Do You Think?

eBooks and e-readers are here to stay. Kindle Direct Publishing is quickly being found to be a powerful tool that allows frankly anyone to create a book and publish it with ease. Businesses can create another venue of income and attract new customers at the same time. Writers can get their work out there and freelancers can attract the attention of clients. Hobbyists can supplement their household through additional funds and help educate those around them.

What do you think about Kindle Direct Publishing? Do you think it is bogus or a true way to create income? Would you be willing to give KDP a try yourself?

Stay tuned for future hubs on How to Self-Publish with Kindle Direct Publishing!


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      viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      Found this informative!

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      whowas 5 years ago

      Thank you for this interesting hub. I am sure that a large chunk of future publishing is going to be in the hands (literally) of the writer and I think you are right to suggest direct publishing as an option for anyone to consider.

      However, there is one vital factor missing from the direct publishing process: an editor. Not all books are created equal. Through the traditional publishing process a book is adjusted and refined in terms of language, grammar, syntax etc. If you read some of the worst hubs on Hubpages, you'll see that not every one who can write can write intelligably and well.

      I wonder how much dreadful stuff is just being uploaded onto Amazon's servers? Is the quality control just in terms of market demand, with the assumption that good work will rise to the top? If there is no selction process prior to publishing, won't potential readers just be lost under a tidal wave of new works, rendering choosing something harder than ever?

      I absolutely don't know the answers to these questions and only subsequent history will tell the tale.

      However, thank you again for an interesting hub. Despite my current concerns, it is certainly something I will research further.

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      misspeachesx 5 years ago from Northeast, Washington

      Though I haven't yet uploaded my own book I have looked through the entire process of publishing with KDP. Getting your eBook published there is just as simple as creating a hub. :)I'm considering creating as hub with screenshots that will walk readers through the entire process of getting published through KDP.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from WA

      I've read a few other hubs on self-publishing through Amazon and I'd like to give this a shot as soon as I get my ideas for a book down on paper and really get to writing it. I think it'd be great to publish something, even if it's not in actual paper form and even if I didn't make a ton of money off of it. You've made a lot of good points here. Good to know this program is pretty user friendly for those like me who aren't the most tech-savvy.

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      misspeachesx 5 years ago from Northeast, Washington

      I'm a Kindle holdout but not for long. Who can resist the feel and smell of books. Especially the older ones. Maybe that's just me :) Thank you for your input and good luck in your KDP venture! I'll have regular Hubs up about KDP as I begin experimenting with it myself.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Although I'm a Kindle holdout (I prefer reading paper-and-board books), I'm not blind to the effect Kindle and other eBook readers are having on the publishing industry. A friend recently suggested that I should self-publish using Kindle. Your hub reinforces her suggestion and may give me the nudge that's needed to give it a try. Thanks!