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Amazon have already given us Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing, and now they are giving us another book on the process. I personally have no plans to publish anything, so don't worry, you won't suddenly find books appearing from me everywhere you look. I downloaded the first book out of curiosity, and I downloaded this one as I emailed the link to someone else who is thinking of publishing, and I decided that I wanted to see what this was like.

There were some critical reviews for the other book, so I would just like to make something clear, like that book, this isn't a guide on how to write a book, it is a guide on publishing on the Kindle format. This book has an active table of contents so you can easily go back and forth about things that you may not be clear about. The actual guidelines in here are for Microsoft Word 2010, so if you are using an older version of Word there may be slight differences. From formatting correctly to making a cover, copyright page, etc., to putting in the actual text of the book, you are told how it is done here. This tells you how to create a table of contents, which for a novel I wouldn't really say was that necessary, but if you are publishing a collection or anthology of short stories, it is something that is very useful.

You get all this information and how you need to fill out the on-line form so that your book will appear in the correct section. After all you don't want to write a horror novel, only for it to appear in knitting patterns or some such section. Importantly this also tells you about downloading and using Kindle Previewer, which apparently gives you a chance to check your work on all the different kindle devices. Perhaps the most important section for some will be about how to update your book, or having to make alterations at a later date. For whatever reason this may be, this is something that has to be done from time to time, whether it is due to a poorly edited book, or some political book where newer information may from time to time appear.

I would advise anyone thinking of publishing on the kindle to get this book as well as Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing to see how it is done. Good luck to those who do publish something.
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on 9 June 2012
An invaluable edition to your publishing journey. Once you have written your book, the hard part begins. Reading through all the information on Amazon on how to publish can be overwhelming, but this book is a really simple guide which you can follow to the T, and publish your book efficiently, effectively and accurately. A MUST if you want to publish! I really could not have done it without this guide.
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This is a useful guide if you are thinking of publishing a Kindle book of your own. It deals with: Before you write (tips for formatting); Building the front matter; Building your table of contents; Preparing a cover; Finishing your book; Uploading and checking the quality of your book: Just before publishing your book; Making changes after publishing your book. It is very helpful and a worthwhile handbook; the style is simple and encouraging.
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on 15 June 2012
The opportunity to publish the work of a small writers' group is the appeal of this particular title. Being able to sell our work to Kindle users is brilliant.
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on 27 April 2012
Although I use Word all the time I didn't know anything about converting my book for the Kindle. Amazon recommended this one and it helped me so much! I couldn't have managed without it. It was great being able to read a step on my Kindle then do it on the PC, it was easy to move back and forth. Anyone can make their book available on the Kindle with this guide, you won't need anything else!
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on 10 August 2013
Some elderly gentleman said this book was not designed for them. I am an elderly gentleman of 78 and found the book clear, friendly and covered all I needed to know; a few tips on handling reference lists for Kindle would be helpful but was not a problem in the end. Have had four books produced by publishers, done very well but took many months from handing in manuscript to publication and at my age you begin to doubt ever seeing the finished article. This experience has been well worthwhile, though next book will be through a publisher simply because I love books. Would not hesitate to write for Kindle publishing again if seeing the result as a book was not important.
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on 7 August 2012
I found this a very clear and easy to follow guide which demystified the process with easy to follow instructions.
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on 9 February 2013
Very easy to navigate, invaluable information. A reasonable amount of computer knowledge is needed as technology moves at a rapid pace, you may find that some of the how to part is a bit out of date again due to advancement.
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on 26 January 2014
Easy to do. Plenty of help. No cost. great sales tracking and publicity pages. Author forums, affiliate links (e.g. CreateSpace to produce a paperback; again, this can be done for free unless you want to upgrade or buy your own copies).

Amazon provide promotion functions to help start your sales off or to just get your rating up.

If you can get someone to read your text for free prior top publishing, then do. If you are confident you have edited your own work well enough, then publish. If you spot a mistake, you can always update your main text file and all future sales will be error free. If you have made a big mistake and it needs to be corrected in copies already purchased, kindle can help you with that.

If you have something that you think others will enjoy reading, then there really is no reason not to publish. Advertising is always a good thing to do. There are a lot of books on kindle and getting yours noticed can be very difficult indeed. If you are confident your book is worth buying and you have enough money to invest in yourself, hen look at the promotion packages offered by kindle and Amazon. Personally I have only used the promotions that allow you to give your book away for a few days to generate a little publicity. A similar thing cane be done with a price drop scenario. All help you to gain a higher rating and feedback. Feedback helps readers decide if it is the book for them. Ratings can dictate if your book is seen or hidden behind the other 10,000 ebooks.

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This is a companion volume and you do need the other one which is all about the technicality of getting it on the Web. However this short guide deals with the writing process, explaining which programs to use (Word is favoured, and I recommend the newest version you can get) and not to use tabs or two returns but to use other ways of formatting your paragraphs, available in Word and with illustrations from the latest version of Word. This means that the book will appear properly on Kindle and on phones, IPads and other platforms.
There is a lot of this data already on the publishing pages on line so the books are not obligatory but if you read them you have a better chance of getting it right.

If like me you are sick and tired of waiting for publishers to even return your manuscript in stamped addressed envelopes if they don't want it, or weary of waiting for a reply to your e-mailed enquiry, then take matters into your own hands. Become a more professional publisher than the publishers. There are a lot of sites out there trying to charge you for all kinds of services so you can spend thousands before your book ever hits the net or the printed page. Don't use any of them. Friends will help proofread if you need it, check all data, even items you are sure of, take good photos for the cover or use an image from the selection available on Kindle. You don't need an agent, or a publisher, who mainly take your money and tell you to do the publicity. Publishing houses are great for well-established authors who want to get into every bookshop but they are very, very bad at giving new talent a chance.
You don't need their permission. Read this book and see how simple it is. Go do it.
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