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Publish to Kindle and earn money

Updated on April 5, 2011

Publish to Kindle

Do you want to publish your own book and try to earn money from your content? It is now much easier with kindle Direct Publishing, so keep reading, because as a designer working in the publishing industry I have seen many fundamental changes over the last 10 years. These are far and wide reaching but one major impact to the publishing industry is the advent of ebooks, platforms such as the Amazon Kindle and the ability to Publish to Kindle.

At the start of my career the only way to publish a book was to approach a publisher with an idea / manuscript. The process then included a lot of luck, hard work and time, as there was really only one way to market and that was through the publisher.

Today we see that route to market expanded and diluted and the foundation of how we purchase and read our books is changing forever.

Lets start with a very brief look at what the Amazon Kindle is

The Kindle is an electronic device for downloading, storing, and reading electronic books, known as ebooks. It was developed by a company called Lab 126 which is a subsidiary of Amazon. The Kindle itself has instant wireless access to and the ever growing number of e-books. You can read newspapers, subscribe to magazines and blogs, and even play audio files such as MP3’s or audio books. The Kindle is compact and lightweight so it is very easy to handle.

The Kindle uses a screen to display a page of content in an easy fashion to read as if it were a book. Turning the page is easy and you just press a button to go forward or backward. It can download compatible files directly to the Kindle and does not need to rely on a computer to download these files, like you do with some MP3 players and other electronics.

There is enough internal memory in the Kindle to be able to store hundreds of e-books but you can get an SD memory card if you want to add more memory.

There you have the Kindle in a nut shell, one of many devices that allows you to instantly download your ebook at any time of the day or night, store, read at your leisure and gives the user the ability to carry hundreds of books with them at once.

There are many devices such as the kindle entering the market and these devices alone are changing the face of the publishing industry. Add to this the ability for the user to publish their own books and you can begin to imagine the challenges publishers are, and will be facing in years to come.

Being able to publish to Kindle allows anyone, not just Kindle users, to create, upload, sell and market their own publications.

How to publish to Kindle using Kindle Direct Publishing

Below is a video that shows you how simple it is to publish to Kindle and publish your own ebooks to a massive audience.

Publish to Kindle easily

Read the true story of Amanda Hocklings selling 2 million books through self publishing

Read an incedible true story here about 26 year old Amanda Hocklings Kindle publishing success where previously unpublished writer Amanda sold 2 million books through self publishing.

Other Kindle resources you might find of interest

Kindle direct publishing
The home of Kindle Direct publishing with loads of information on the subject

Buy the Kindle here
Buy the Kindle from a trusted seller

How to use Kindle Direct Publishing
An interesting Hubpage on How to use Kindle Direct Publishing.

Do you buy ebooks and what device do you use to read them.

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    • Jonathan Grimes profile image

      Jonathan Grimes 6 years ago from Devon

      Thanks for the bookmark of the hub and the follow.

    • viveresperando profile image

      viveresperando 6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I bookmarked this hub! :) great information. I am going to follow you!

    • Jonathan Grimes profile image

      Jonathan Grimes 6 years ago from Devon

      Hi Barbara

      I am in the process of putting a book together on fossil hunting (my local area), I won't go into to much detail but when this goes live I will update this hub with information on how it went.

      On a similar note, I work for a publishing company that has a number of Kindle edition books and this number is growing. The books were uploaded to the Kindle platform and generated sales (which are growing) with zero marketing. We have just looked at one title being free to generate additional interest in a particular set, but apart from that the marketing has been zero.

      Sales have resulted from just making the material available on the Kindle platform.

      As mentioned, I will update this hub on the sales of how my own ebook, fingers crossed it will be good news.

      Hope this has helped



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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I'm curious if you have tried Kindle Publishing. Does it take a lot of advertising to sell your book and how successful have you been? I

      I've been considering it, but if more time is spent marketing than creating the book, I don't know.

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      Jonathan Grimes 6 years ago from Devon

      Thanks for reading the hub, its amazing what you can do with such devices today. The publishing industry really is changing.

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      LoopyGem 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you!