Self-publish Paperbacks with Kindle Direct Publishing

Self-publish Paperbacks with Kindle Direct Publishing

Amazon has added a print component to their Kindle Direct Publishing program so now you can self-publish paperbacks to the Amazon store.

If you have only self-published an eBook then you may want to consider publishing a paperback as well. While eBooks are great, some readers still only prefer print books so this option should open up news sales for you. At the time of writing this guide, you can’t use this system unless you have your eBook listed with KDP.

How Does it Work?
Amazon has designed the process to be user-friendly in-line with how easy it is to upload your eBook. You simply upload your file and the cover and within in a matter of days your eBook should be approved.

Upload Your Print Book PDF to Kindle Direct Publishing
Upload a manuscript of your book interior content. For best results, a formatted PDF version is required to create your paperback. If you have sourced a service provider to assist you with the interior design of your book please be sure to let them know this as this file will be different from the ePub or Mobi version.

Upload Your Cover
You can create a cover using Amazon’s Cover Creator or upload your own. The previewer will identify any outstanding problems tell you where the problems (cover bleed, spine size.)

Book Preview
You can launch the ‘Previewer’ to check for formatting and quality issues. Unlike with CreateSpace, there will be no proof book mailed to.

In order to comply with industry standards, all paperbacks are required to have a unique ISBN. The system will ask you if you want to use your own ISBN or get a free KDP ISBN.

Publication Date
You will be asked to enter the date on which your book was first published. If you are publishing your book for the first time then leave this ‘Publication Date’ field blank.

Uploading Book Description and Keywords
You can use the KDP dashboard to publish a print book which uses the same information from your eBook. This is a great option as it allows you to use the same keywords and page optimization.

Print Options
There are default options listed in this section to help you out based on common selections. You should click on the link regarding ‘How will printing be calculated.’
Fields include:
• Interior and paper type
• Trim size (e.g. 6 x 9 inch)
• Bleed settings
• Paperback cover finish (e.g. Matte)