In this video tutorial I take you through the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing Interface) which is used to publish an eBook to Amazon.
It is free to self-publish an eBook on the Amazon stores globally. Of course you will need a correctly formatted file to upload to Amazon, but there is no cost to actually upload the file. You set the price you want the eBook to be sold at and then depending on the price, location and whether you decide to enter Amazon’s exclusive KDP Select programme you will get paid an amount of money equal to a percentage of your eBook sales.
You have to provide a cover image, a description of the eBook, which categories in Amazon to place the book and prices for the eBook in each of the countries the eBook is to be available in. You can set just the US price or over-ride the converted prices for the other countries as you see fit. After you press publish you need to wait anywhere between a few hours and a day for your eBook to become available on the Amazon stores globally.
The rate you get paid is about 70% of the cost of the eBook, minus a small eBook delivery charge* if
- The eBook is priced above $2.99 and below $9.99, otherwise you only get 35% royalties
- The eBook was sold in a country apart from India, Brazil, Japan or Mexico.
- The eBook is in KDP select and you sold a book in India, Brazil, Japan or Mexico
You will paid to direct to a Bank Account you specify – depending on which nation you are in, you may have to provide tax details or pay US withholding tax on any profits from US sales (UK publishers can provide tax details and avoid withholding tax). You get paid approximately 60 days following the end of the calendar month during which applicable sales occur.
*- Amazon has an enormous wireless network which it needs to fund for sending books to Kindle devices – you pay for this!