Publish Your Book in the Kindle Format for Free

When people think of publishing, they usually think of a traditional print book. However,  technology is changing rapidly and there is wide acceptance of digital formats. You can reach this large and increasing audience by publishing in formats that can be read on any kind of computer, smart phone or tablet. Most aspiring authors don’t know you can publish your book in the Kindle format for free.

A Huge Market

When it comes to ebooks, the Amazon Kindle is still the big gorilla in the room. There are an estimated 17.5 million Kindles in use, but that doesn’t include the Kindle Apps that are available. You do not need to buy a Kindle to read Kindle books. Free Kindle Apps for Apple and Windows computers, Apple iPads and iPhones, and all Android smart phones and tablets can be found here.

Amazon Kindle

Steps to Take

To convert your manuscript into Amazon’s proprietary Mobi format you need a standard customer account at Amazon.com. Using these credentials you sign in Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) located here, and upload your manuscript. It must be in either Microsoft Word or HTML format.

Be sure to do some prep work before you do this. KDP will ask you for your title, description, keywords for people to search for your book, the language in which your book is written, categories, price, publishing date and a few other relevant facts. It is important that you think all these things through before you upload the data. Remember that this sort of information is marketing data, and to reach the largest possible audience you need to fine-tune how people will find your book on Amazon.com, and the marketing language you will use to persuade them to purchase it.

Amazon.com gives you the option of uploading the cover artwork when you publish using the KDP format. It is essential that you have an eye-catching cover to attract attention to your book and to give it some visual credibility. Sadly, many authors opt to ignore this option, or decide to update it at a later time, or use a home-made image. Anything other than using a professional image at the time you initially upload your book can be disastrous to your Kindle marketing program.

The process of converting your book into the Kindle format is fast and easy. Amazon.com supplies plenty of detailed help in terms of instructions, FAQs and forums. Importantly, there is no charge for this service. In just a few hours your book will have its own page on the Amazon.com site complete with the usual options such as reader reviews.

Marketing is the Key

It’s great to be able to get almost instant, free visibility on the Amazon.com Kindle platform. However, a presence there does not guarantee sales. Like all book promotion, you need to drive traffic to your Amazon.com page to make sales. I have written an ebook that makes the point that when it comes to books, writing them is comparatively easy when you consider the level of difficulty in selling them. They do not sell themselves, and it takes real effort to promote them.

It’s great to be able to get almost instant, free visibility on the Amazon.com Kindle platform. However, a presence there does not guarantee sales. Like all book promotion, you need to drive traffic to your Amazon.com page to make sales. I have written an ebook that makes the point that when it comes to books, writing them is comparatively easy when you consider the level of difficulty in selling them. They do not sell themselves, and it takes real effort to promote them.

3 Responses

  1. I was wondering if you could tell me the step by step process of publishing on kindle I would be grateful.

  2. Lynn Manley says:

    My name is Lynn Manley and I self-publish an book called Through the fire but not burnt, I wanted to know if I can publish on th kindle?

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