Amazon Self Publishing

If you want to self publish on Amazon, then you can have your book available as a Kindle book which is instantly downloadable, (go here for more details about self publishing a Kindle book) or as a print on demand book (POD) where your book is available for purchase as a physical copy and it is posted to what ever address is listed for delivery.

KDP is the part of Amazon that publishes Kindle books and is where all your sales stats, book details etc are stored. Createspace, a company owned by Amazon, is where your physical book gets made, and by logging in here, you can view all the relevant information about your books, track sales of your physical print on demand copies etc.

I have found the KDP section of Amazon very good to work with for any issues around Kindle. For print books, I have also found Createspace very agreeable to deal with, and any problems, they sort out very fast. As I have discussed Kindle books on another page, I  will address in brief making “physically available” copies of your book below.

Here is what Createspace say about their book making process

 

  • Covers are printed on 10pt stock in full-color and laminated for durability.
  • Our books are library-quality.
  • Professional trade paperback binding ensures a book to be proud of.
  • Books are printed to meet demand, so you benefit from inventory freedom.

Black and White Books

  • 60# White or 60# Cream Paper
  • Full-color laminated covers, Matte or Glossy finish
  • 12 industry-standard trim sizes
  • 2 custom trim sizes or choose your own size

 Full-Color Books

  • Four-color printing process
  • 60# White Paper
  • Full-color laminated covers, Matte or Glossy finish
  • 7 industry-standard trim sizes
  • 10 custom trim sizes or choose your own size

What I like is that you can preview your book in detail online as a digital proof or order a proof copy to be sent as a physical copy. Once approved, the book goes live. As an author, you get to order any copies of your book at a really low price, well below the sale price (which you can set, once it is above the minimum price set by Amazon). The main gripe I have is that living in Ireland, waiting for post from the US can be slow unless I pay premium.

I found a way around this by setting books for sale at Amazon for Amazon only customers and then by having the book for sale through Ingram Spark authors can avail of fast and cheap book delivery from the UK. Why not just go with Ingram Sparks? Well there is evidence that if a reader wants to buy your print book through Amazon, Amazon needs to order via Ingram and so there are delays and the customer is made aware of this and may cancel but if the book is uploaded to Amazon, they can order immediately!  More about Lightening Spark on a separate page.

In the meantime I have included 2 videos on Amazon royalties and the distribution channels it uses.

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