Getting your eBook on the Kindle format is a powerful way to get exposure to a group of people that may never actively search for your book online. You’ll be exposed to people who are ready and willing to spend money and can purchase your book quickly and easily at the click of a button.
Amazon’s process for submitting an eBook used to be long and complicated, requiring an ISBN number and a lengthy application process similar to its physical book process.
With the Kindle’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP) you can now submit your eBook to the Kindle quickly and easily. Here’s how.
Step 1: Sign In to the DTP
Go to: http://dtp.amazon.com
You’ll be presented with the introduction page. Sign in to your Amazon account.
Step 2: Add Seller Information
When you log onto the DTP system, you’ll immediately be presented with a screen that says “Your account information is incomplete.”
That’s because you currently have an account for buying books on Amazon but not for selling books on Amazon.
Click the “Update Now” button to give Amazon the necessary information to have an account that can submit books to the Kindle.
Step 3: Fill Out Your Account Information
You’ll be presented with an account information page that should be mostly self-explanatory. Fill out your name, tax ID / SSN number and how you’d like to receive your payments.
Step 4: Add Your First eBook
Once you save your changes, you’ll be returned to the main screen. Click “Add a new title” to add your first eBook.
Step 5: Fill Out the Book Details
When you click the add button, you’ll be presented with a long page of options for your book. Here’s what each section means.
1) Provide the title of your book and the description. Remember that these are two of the most important things people will use to consider whether to buy your book or not. The title and description should be both descriptive and compelling.
2) Book contributors – Who are the authors?
3) Publishing Details – What language is the book in? Everything else is optional.
There’s more when you scroll down …
1) Do you own the rights or is the book in the public domain?
2) What category does the book belong in? This will help people who don’t know of your title find your book. If you’re unsure, look for books similar to yours and see what categories they put themselves in. You should also add a few keywords to make the book easier to find.
3) Your book cover. Perhaps more than any other factor, your book cover is what will catch attention and get people to buy your book.
4) Upload your book. Amazon prefers HTML format, though they can accept PDF format as well.
Click Continue when you’ve completed everything on the first page.
Step 6: Set Your Rights and Pricing
When you hit continue, you’ll be taken to the rights & pricing page:
Here you’ll set whether you want to sell the book all over the world or just in certain parts of the world. You’ll also set your royalty percentage and your listing price.
Once you hit submit, your book will be reviewed by Amazon. Once you receive approval, your eBook will be live on the Kindle store!