Category Archives: KDP

Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors

kindle itunes logoWith no fanfare or official announcement, earlier today Amazon quietly gave indie authors a sales feature some had been requesting for the past several years.

According to a new page in the KDP help section, authors and publishers who distribute their works through Amazon’s publishing portal can now elect to put their next work up for pre-order. Amazon asks them to first upload a draft copy of the work, and promises that Amazon will “publish a product detail page for it within 24 hours of approval”. It’s not clear what Amazon means by approval, but I have confirmed with an author that this is for real. Continue reading

Amazon Adds Pricing Suggestions to KDP

kdp-logo-stacked-a._V195281846_[1]Earlier this month Amazon added a new beta program to their ebook publishing platform. KDP Pricing Support takes the guess work out of pricing a new ebook by offering authors and publishers predictions on how many copies would be sold at a given price. Continue reading

Here’s Why Amazon Won’t be Cutting KDP Payment Rates to 35%

There’s a 6540927485_b37108f20d[1]frightening what-if nightmare going around indie publishing circles this week. It’s scaring the children, giving many heart palpitations, but actually has very little chance of ever happening.

The “sky is falling” scenario originated over at KBoards, where one author wrote: Continue reading

Debunked: No, Amazon Isn’t Banning Short-Short Fiction From the Kindle Store

3446170224_b96f36178b[1]There is a report over on KBoards earlier this week that Amazon might be about to adopt a new minimum word count for ebooks sold in the Kindle Store.

According to the email that one author received, Amazon is going to remove ebooks that are less than 2,500 words long. Continue reading

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Hits 300,000 Titles

images-9[1]Amazon has release their quarterly statement today, and buried in among the generally good financial news were a few dribblets of info about the Kindle. Continue reading

Amazon is Now Beta Testing an Automated Cover Generator for Kindle eBooks

kindle cover generatorThe cover image for an ebook is important to its success, but it’s also a rather difficult skill to master. Not everyone has the artistic skills to design a good cover, but in the not too distant future that will no longer be a problem.

There’s been no announcement from Amazon, but I have just learned that they are working on a new tool that will help self-pub authors make book covers cheaply, cleanly, and well.

A reader sent me this screen shot earlier today: Continue reading

Amazon Expands 70% Royalty Option to Japan, Brazil – But There’s a Catch

kdp-amazon[1]Here’s an old piece of news that appears to have gone unreported (I missed it at the time, at least).

Remember when Amazon launched the Kindle Store in India, and then started offering the 70% royalty option for any KDP ebooks sold there? That deal came with a catch; in addition to certain pricing restrictions authors and publishers could only take the better terms if they also agreed to put their ebooks into KDP Select and give Amazon an exclusive on the ebooks. Continue reading

Don’t be Taken in by Amazon’s News About KDP Success Stories

kdp-amazon[1]Amazon put out a press release in the UK today that talks up the success a few authors are having in self-publishing their ebooks via Amazon KDP. They’re boasting about details like 15 of the top 100 best selling ebooks were self-published titles, and: Continue reading

What Exactly Does Amazon Mean by “High Risk Publishing Activity”?

It’s time to engage your mind-reading skills, folks; Amazon is sending out cryptic emails again.

A number of my readers are self-published authors so you might have seen one of these, but I just heard about it yesterday. There’s an unresolved but dormant discussion over on KindleBoards. One author reported that shortly after she adjusted the prices of one of her books, Amazon froze the book and posted a notice that it was under review.

After waiting a few days for Amazon to clear up the matter, she sent an email asking WTH was going on and was told this: Continue reading