Mastering Amazon’s Self-Publishing Platform: A Guide to Key Terms
Self-publishing on Amazon has become an increasingly popular way for authors to get their books into the hands of readers. However, navigating Amazon’s self-publishing platform can be daunting, especially for those new to the industry. To help authors understand key terms and concepts related to Amazon self-publishing, we have compiled a comprehensive glossary.
This glossary includes essential terms for authors to know, such as Amazon KDP, royalties, book metadata, and more. Each term is accompanied by a detailed description and frequently asked questions to help clarify any confusion.
Whether you’re a first-time author or a seasoned pro, this glossary will serve as a valuable resource to help you navigate the world of self-publishing on Amazon.
Here are the key terms you need to know for self-publishing on Amazon
1. Amazon KDP
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to publish and sell their eBooks and print books on Amazon.
What are the benefits of using KDP?
Authors can retain creative control, earn up to 70% royalties, and have access to a global distribution network through Amazon.
Is KDP free to use?
Yes, it’s free to publish and distribute eBooks and print books on KDP. However, there may be costs associated with book production, such as editing and cover design.
How do I get started with KDP?
Create an account on KDP, upload your manuscript and cover, set your price, and publish your book on Amazon.
2. KDP Select
KDP Select is an optional program for authors who want to distribute their eBook exclusively through Amazon and take advantage of promotional benefits such as Kindle Countdown Deals and Free Book Promotion.
What is the benefit of enrolling in KDP Select?
Authors can take advantage of promotional tools to boost visibility and sales, and earn higher royalties from Kindle Unlimited page reads.
What is the enrollment period for KDP Select?
Authors can enroll in KDP Select for 90 days at a time, and can renew enrollment if they choose.
Can I enroll my print book in KDP Select?
No, KDP Select is only available for eBooks.
Kindle is Amazon’s e-reader device and app for reading eBooks.
What are the benefits of using a Kindle?
Kindle devices are designed specifically for reading, with features such as adjustable font sizes, built-in dictionaries, and long battery life.
Can I read Kindle eBooks on other devices?
Yes, Amazon offers free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac devices.
What is Whispersync?
Whispersync is a technology that synchronizes reading progress, notes, and highlights across Kindle devices and apps.
CreateSpace was a former Amazon print-on-demand service, which merged with KDP in 2018.
What was CreateSpace?
CreateSpace was a print-on-demand service that allowed authors to produce and distribute physical books on Amazon.
What happened to CreateSpace?
CreateSpace merged with KDP in 2018, and authors can now publish and distribute both eBooks and print books on KDP.
Can I still access my CreateSpace account?
No, CreateSpace accounts were migrated to KDP, and authors can now access their print book projects through KDP.
ASIN stands for Amazon Standard Identification Number, a unique identifier for products on Amazon.
What is the purpose of an ASIN?
The ASIN is used to identify and track products on Amazon, including books, eBooks, and other items for sale.
Do I need an ASIN to publish a book on KDP?
Yes, KDP requires authors to provide an ASIN when publishing an eBook or print book on Amazon.
How do I find the ASIN of my book on Amazon?
The ASIN can be found on the book’s product detail page on Amazon, or in the KDP Dashboard for your book.
ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, a unique identifier for books that is used worldwide.
Is an ISBN required to publish a book on KDP?
No, an ISBN is not required for eBooks published on KDP. However, print books require an ISBN to be sold on Amazon.
How do I obtain an ISBN for my book?
Authors can purchase an ISBN from an authorized agency or distributor, or use a free ISBN provided by KDP for distribution through Amazon.
Can I use the same ISBN for my eBook and print book?
No, eBooks and print books require separate ISBNs.
Royalties are payments made to authors based on book sales, and are calculated as a percentage of the book’s list price.
How are eBook royalties calculated on KDP?
KDP offers two royalty options for eBooks: 35% and 70%. The 70% royalty option is available for books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and is subject to delivery fees based on the file size of the book.
How are print book royalties calculated on KDP?
Print book royalties are calculated based on the list price of the book, minus printing costs and a distribution fee. The royalty rate depends on the list price and the country of sale.
When are royalties paid on KDP?
Royalties are paid monthly, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the sales occurred.
KENP stands for Kindle Edition Normalized Pages, a unit for measuring eBook pages read in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription service allowing unlimited access to a vast library of eBooks.
How are KENP pages calculated?
KENP pages are calculated based on a standard formula that takes into account the total number of words in the book and the font size selected by the reader.
What is the KENP rate?
The KENP rate is the amount paid to authors for each KENP page read in Kindle Unlimited, which varies each month based on a funding pool.
Can KENP pages be tracked in KDP Reports?
Yes, KDP Reports includes a section for tracking KENP pages read and royalties earned through Kindle Unlimited.
9. Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s subscription service allowing unlimited access to a vast library of eBooks.
How does Kindle Unlimited work?
Subscribers pay a monthly fee for access to a library of over one million eBooks and audiobooks, and can read or listen to as many as they want within the subscription period.
Can authors enroll their books in Kindle Unlimited?
Yes, authors can enroll their eBooks in Kindle Unlimited through KDP and earn royalties based on KENP pages read by subscribers.
What are the benefits of enrolling in Kindle Unlimited?
Enrolling in Kindle Unlimited can increase visibility and sales for authors, and provide a new revenue stream through KENP royalties.
10. KDP Pricing
KDP Pricing refers to the options and guidelines for setting the price of a book on KDP.
What factors should I consider when setting the price of my book on KDP?
Authors should consider the book’s genre, length, production costs, and competitive pricing in the market when setting the price.
What are the price requirements for KDP eBooks?
The minimum price for KDP eBooks is $0.99, and the maximum price is $200.
What are the price requirements for KDP print books?
The minimum price for KDP print books is the printing cost plus a distribution fee, and the maximum price is $250.
Print-on-demand is a method of printing books as they’re ordered, reducing inventory and storage costs.
How does print-on-demand work on KDP?
Authors upload a print-ready PDF of their book to KDP, and when a customer orders a copy, it is printed and shipped directly to them.
What are the benefits of using print-on-demand?
Print-on-demand eliminates the need for inventory and storage space, and allows for books to be printed and shipped on demand, reducing waste and costs.
Is there a minimum order requirement for print-on-demand books?
No, print-on-demand books can be ordered one at a time, and there is no minimum order requirement.
12. KDP Paperback
KDP Paperback refers to physical books printed and distributed through Amazon KDP.
Can I publish a paperback on KDP?
Yes, authors can publish both eBooks and paperbacks on KDP.
What are the advantages of publishing a paperback on KDP?
KDP Paperback allows authors to take advantage of print-on-demand technology, retain creative control, and earn up to 60% royalties.
What are the size and formatting requirements for KDP paperbacks?
KDP offers a variety of trim sizes and formatting options for paperbacks, which can be found in the KDP Paperback Content Guidelines.
13. KDP Hardcover
KDP Hardcover refers to hardcover books printed and distributed through Amazon KDP.
Can I publish a hardcover book on KDP?
Yes, authors can publish both eBooks and hardcover books on KDP.
What are the advantages of publishing a hardcover book on KDP?
KDP Hardcover allows authors to offer their readers a high-quality, durable product, and earn up to 60% royalties.
What are the size and formatting requirements for KDP hardcovers?
KDP offers a variety of trim sizes and formatting options for hardcovers, which can be found in the KDP Paperback Content Guidelines.
14. Book Metadata
Book Metadata refers to information about a book, such as title, author, description, and keywords, that is used to categorize and promote the book on Amazon.
How important is book metadata for sales on Amazon?
Book metadata is essential for discoverability and visibility on Amazon, and can impact search results, recommendations, and advertising opportunities.
What are some best practices for optimizing book metadata?
Authors should research and choose relevant categories and keywords, write a compelling and accurate book description, and provide high-quality cover art and formatting.
Can book metadata be updated after publication?
Yes, authors can update their book metadata at any time through the KDP Dashboard.
Categories refer to genre and subject classifications for a book on Amazon, and are used to categorize and promote the book to the right audience.
How do I choose the right categories for my book on KDP?
Authors should research and choose relevant and specific categories that accurately reflect the genre and subject matter of their book.
How many categories can I choose for my book on KDP?
Authors can choose up to two categories for their eBook and up to ten categories for their paperback or hardcover book.
Can I change my book’s categories after publication?
Yes, authors can update their book’s categories at any time through the KDP Dashboard.
Keywords refer to search terms used by readers to find a book on Amazon, and are used to optimize the book’s discoverability and visibility on the platform.
How do I choose the right keywords for my book on KDP?
Authors should research and choose relevant and specific keywords that accurately reflect the genre, subject matter, and tone of their book.
How many keywords can I choose for my book on KDP?
Authors can choose up to seven keywords for their eBook and up to five keywords for their paperback or hardcover book.
Can I change my book’s keywords after publication?
Yes, authors can update their book’s keywords at any time through the KDP Dashboard.
17. KDP Dashboard
The KDP Dashboard is a centralized management area for authors to access their KDP account, view sales data and reports, and manage their books.
What can I do in the KDP Dashboard?
The KDP Dashboard allows authors to publish new books, manage existing books, view sales data and reports, and access marketing and promotional tools.
How do I access the KDP Dashboard?
Authors can access the KDP Dashboard by logging in to their KDP account on the Amazon website.
What kind of sales data and reports can I view in the KDP Dashboard?
Authors can view their book’s sales data, royalties earned, and KENP pages read in the KDP Reports section of the Dashboard.
The Manuscript is the digital file containing the content of a book.
What file formats are accepted for manuscripts on KDP?
KDP accepts manuscripts in a variety of file formats, including Word (DOC or DOCX), HTML, and PDF.
What are the formatting requirements for manuscripts on KDP?
KDP has specific formatting requirements for manuscripts, such as page size, margins, fonts, and spacing, which can be found in the KDP Paperback Content Guidelines.
Do I need to hire a professional editor for my manuscript?
While it is not required, hiring a professional editor can improve the quality and readability of your book, and increase its chances of success on Amazon.
19. Book Cover
The Book Cover refers to the front, back, and spine design of a book.
What are the requirements for book cover design on KDP?
Book covers on KDP must meet specific size and formatting requirements, and must not contain certain content, such as pornographic or offensive material.
Can I design my own book cover?
Yes, authors can design their own book cover using a design software or KDP’s Cover Creator tool.
Can I use stock images for my book cover?
Yes, authors can use stock images for their book cover, but must ensure that they have the legal right to use the image and comply with KDP’s content guidelines.
20. Cover Creator
Cover Creator is a KDP tool for designing a book cover using customizable templates and stock images.
How do I use Cover Creator to design my book cover?
Authors can access Cover Creator through the KDP Dashboard, choose a template and stock image, customize the design, and download the final cover file.
Can I use my own images with Cover Creator?
No, Cover Creator only allows authors to use the stock images provided in the tool.
Do I have to pay to use Cover Creator?
No, Cover Creator is a free tool for KDP authors.
21. Look Inside
Look Inside is a feature that allows readers to preview a book’s content on Amazon by providing a sample of the book’s interior pages.
Do I have to enable Look Inside for my book on KDP?
No, Look Inside is automatically enabled for all books on KDP, and provides readers with a sample of the book’s content to encourage purchase.
What are the benefits of enabling Look Inside for my book?
Enabling Look Inside can increase reader engagement and satisfaction, improve the book’s discoverability and visibility on Amazon, and potentially lead to increased sales.
What portion of my book will be available in the Look Inside preview?
The Look Inside preview typically includes the first few pages or chapters of the book, up to a maximum of 20% of the book’s total content.
22. Expanded Distribution
Expanded Distribution is a KDP feature that makes a book available through additional sales channels, such as bookstores and libraries, beyond the Amazon platform.
How do I enable Expanded Distribution for my book on KDP?
Authors can enable Expanded Distribution through the KDP Dashboard, and must meet specific eligibility requirements and distribution fees.
What are the benefits of using Expanded Distribution?
Expanded Distribution can increase the book’s reach and visibility, provide new sales opportunities, and potentially lead to increased royalties for the author.
Are there any restrictions or limitations to using Expanded Distribution?
Yes, books using Expanded Distribution may be subject to certain pricing and formatting requirements, and may not be eligible for certain promotional tools or benefits on Amazon.
23. Direct Publishing
Direct Publishing refers to the process of publishing a book without a traditional publisher, using platforms such as Amazon KDP.
What are the benefits of Direct Publishing on KDP?
Direct Publishing on KDP provides authors with full control over the publishing process, higher royalties, and the ability to reach a global audience through Amazon’s platform.
Do I need an agent or publisher to publish my book on KDP?
No, authors can publish their books on KDP without the need for an agent or traditional publisher.
Is Direct Publishing on KDP only for eBooks, or can I publish physical books as well?
Authors can publish both eBooks and physical books on KDP, using the KDP Paperback and KDP Hardcover features.
24. Book Rights
Book Rights refer to the legal rights to publish and distribute a book, which can be owned by the author or transferred to a publisher or other entity.
Who owns the book rights when I publish my book on KDP?
Unless the author has transferred the rights to a third party, the author retains ownership of the book rights when publishing on KDP.
What are some common types of book rights?
Common types of book rights include print, digital, audio, translation, and film rights, which can be licensed or sold to different parties for various uses.
Do I need to register my book rights with a legal authority?
While it is not required, authors may choose to register their book rights with a legal authority, such as the U.S. Copyright Office, for additional protection and legal recourse.
Copyright is a form of legal protection for the intellectual property of an author, including their original works of literature, art, and music.
Do I need to copyright my book before publishing on KDP?
No, copyright protection is automatic for original works of authorship, including books, and is established as soon as the work is created and fixed in a tangible form.
What are the benefits of registering my book’s copyright?
Registering a book’s copyright with a legal authority, such as the U.S. Copyright Office, can provide additional legal protections and remedies in the case of copyright infringement.
Can I use copyrighted material in my book?
Authors should obtain permission or a license to use copyrighted material in their book, and may be subject to certain limitations or fair use guidelines.
26. Public Domain
Public Domain refers to works that are not protected by copyright and are freely usable by the public for any purpose, including commercial use or modification.
What types of works are in the public domain?
Works in the public domain include those whose copyright has expired, those that were never copyrighted, and those that have been explicitly released into the public domain by the author or copyright owner.
Can I use public domain works in my own book?
Yes, authors can use public domain works in their own book without obtaining permission or a license, but should ensure that they comply with any attribution requirements or limitations on the use of the work.
Where can I find public domain works to use in my book?
Public domain works can be found in online archives, libraries, and repositories, such as Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive.
DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a technology used to prevent unauthorized copying or distribution of eBooks and other digital content, by encrypting the content and controlling access to it.
Does KDP use DRM for eBooks?
Yes, KDP offers the option for authors to apply DRM to their eBooks, which can limit unauthorized sharing and distribution of the content.
Are there any drawbacks to using DRM for eBooks?
Using DRM can limit the flexibility and compatibility of the eBook file, and may also be perceived negatively by some readers who prefer open access and freedom to use the content as they choose.
Can readers remove DRM from eBooks?
While there are tools and methods available for removing DRM from eBooks, doing so may be illegal and is not recommended.
MOBI is a file format for eBooks that is compatible with Amazon’s Kindle devices and apps.
Can I publish my eBook on KDP in formats other than MOBI?
No, KDP only accepts eBook files in MOBI format for publishing on the Kindle platform.
Can I read MOBI files on non-Kindle devices?
MOBI files can be read on non-Kindle devices using third-party reading apps or software, such as the Kindle app for iOS and Android.
Are there any limitations to using MOBI format for eBooks?
MOBI format has certain limitations in terms of formatting and design options compared to other eBook formats, such as EPUB.
EPUB is a file format for eBooks that is not supported by Amazon’s Kindle devices and apps, but is used by many other e-readers and platforms.
Can I publish my eBook on KDP in EPUB format?
No, KDP only accepts eBook files in MOBI format for publishing on the Kindle platform.
Can I convert my EPUB file to MOBI format for publishing on KDP?
Yes, authors can use conversion tools or services to convert their EPUB file to MOBI format for publishing on KDP.
What are the benefits of using EPUB format for eBooks?
EPUB format allows for more advanced formatting and design options compared to MOBI format, and is compatible with a wider range of e-readers and platforms.
30. Kindle Create
Kindle Create is a free tool provided by KDP for formatting and converting a manuscript into a Kindle eBook file in MOBI format.
What types of files can be imported into Kindle Create?
Kindle Create can import files in several formats, including Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, and EPUB.
What are some features of Kindle Create?
Kindle Create includes features such as automatic formatting, table of contents generation, and support for images and multimedia.
Is Kindle Create required to publish a book on KDP?
No, authors can format and convert their manuscript into a MOBI file using other tools or services, but Kindle Create can simplify the process and provide additional features and support.
31. KDP Rocket
KDP Rocket is a software tool for researching keywords and categories on Amazon, to help authors optimize their book’s metadata and improve its visibility and discoverability on the platform.
How does KDP Rocket work?
KDP Rocket uses data from Amazon’s platform to provide insights and recommendations on keywords, categories, and competition for a particular book or genre.
Is KDP Rocket free?
No, KDP Rocket is a paid software tool, with various pricing plans and features.
Are there any alternatives to KDP Rocket for keyword research on Amazon?
Yes, there are several other software tools and services available for keyword research and optimization on Amazon, such as Publisher Rocket and Kindlepreneur.
32. Author Central
Author Central is a platform provided by Amazon for authors to manage their presence on the platform, including creating a profile, adding author information, and tracking book sales and reviews.
How do I create an Author Central account?
Authors can create an Author Central account by signing up with their Amazon account and verifying their identity as an author.
What are some features of Author Central?
Author Central includes features such as author profile creation, book sales tracking, and the ability to respond to reader reviews.
Is Author Central required to publish a book on KDP?
No, authors can publish a book on KDP without creating an Author Central account, but having an account can help authors manage their presence and engage with readers on the platform.
33. Author Page
An Author Page is a dedicated page on Amazon for an author and their books, which can be created and managed through Author Central.
What information can be included on an Author Page?
An Author Page can include a biography, author photo, bibliography of books, and links to social media and other online profiles.
How can an author customize their Author Page?
An author can customize their Author Page by adding and updating their author information and book details, selecting a featured book or series, and adding multimedia content such as videos and images.
Can readers leave reviews on an Author Page?
No, readers can only leave reviews on individual book product pages, not on an author’s page.
34. Book Description
A Book Description is a summary of a book’s content and features, typically displayed on its product page on Amazon.
What should be included in a book description?
A book description should provide a brief overview of the plot or subject matter, highlight the book’s unique features or benefits, and engage potential readers with an attention-grabbing hook or tagline.
How long should a book description be?
A book description should be concise and focused, ideally no more than a few paragraphs in length.
Can a book description be updated after the book is published?
Yes, authors can update their book description at any time through their KDP account.
Reviews are customer feedback and ratings for a book on Amazon, which can influence its sales performance and visibility on the platform.
How can authors encourage readers to leave reviews?
Authors can encourage readers to leave reviews by including a call-to-action at the end of their book, engaging with readers on social media and other platforms, and offering incentives or giveaways for leaving a review.
What are some best practices for responding to reviews?
Authors should respond to reviews professionally and respectfully, avoiding personal attacks or arguments, and thanking reviewers for their feedback, even if it is critical.
Can authors remove negative reviews of their book?
No, authors cannot remove or edit reviews of their book, but they can report reviews that violate Amazon’s review guidelines or policies.
36. KDP Print
KDP Print is the print-on-demand service within Amazon KDP, allowing authors to publish and distribute paperback books on the platform.
What are some benefits of using KDP Print?
KDP Print offers several benefits for authors, including no upfront costs or inventory requirements, automated distribution and printing, and access to Amazon’s marketing and promotional tools.
How does KDP Print compare to traditional printing and distribution methods?
KDP Print offers a more streamlined and cost-effective alternative to traditional printing and distribution methods, which often involve high upfront costs and inventory requirements.
Can authors use KDP Print to publish hardcover books?
Yes, authors can use KDP Print to publish and distribute hardcover books in addition to paperback books.
37. KDP Reports
KDP Reports is a section in the KDP Dashboard for authors to track their book sales and royalties, and view reports on their book’s performance on the platform.
What types of reports are available in KDP Reports?
KDP Reports includes several types of reports, such as Sales Dashboard, Royalties Dashboard, and Prior Months’ Royalties.
How frequently are KDP Reports updated?
KDP Reports are updated on a daily basis, with a delay of 2-3 days for sales data to be reflected in the reports.
Can authors download their KDP Reports for offline analysis?
Yes, authors can download their KDP Reports in CSV or Excel format for offline analysis and reporting.
38. KDP Community
KDP Community is a forum for KDP authors to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with other authors and publishing professionals.
How can authors join the KDP Community?
Authors can join the KDP Community by creating a KDP account and signing in to the forum with their credentials.
What types of topics are discussed on the KDP Community forum?
The KDP Community forum covers a wide range of topics related to self-publishing and book promotion, including writing and editing, cover design, marketing and advertising, and KDP platform updates and features.
Can authors share their own book promotions or marketing activities on the KDP Community forum?
Authors should be mindful of the forum’s guidelines and policies regarding self-promotion and marketing activities, and avoid excessive or spammy posts.
Pre-order is an optional feature on KDP that allows authors to make their book available for purchase before its official release date, with customers charged at the time of purchase but the book delivered on the release date.
How far in advance can authors set up a pre-order for their book?
Authors can set up a pre-order for their book up to 90 days in advance of the release date.
What are some benefits of using pre-order?
Pre-order can help authors build buzz and anticipation for their book, generate pre-release sales and reviews, and improve their book’s rankings and visibility on Amazon.
Can authors make changes to their book after setting up a pre-order?
Yes, authors can make changes to their book file, cover, and book details up to 3 days before the release date, but should be aware of the potential impact on customers who have already pre-ordered the book.
Kindlepreneur is a website offering resources and tools for self-published authors, including articles, courses, and software.
What are some topics covered on Kindlepreneur?
Kindlepreneur covers a wide range of topics related to self-publishing and book promotion, including keyword research and optimization, book marketing and advertising, book formatting and design, and author branding and platform building.
What are some tools offered on Kindlepreneur?
Kindlepreneur offers several software tools for authors, such as Publisher Rocket (formerly KDP Rocket), a keyword research tool for Amazon, and Book Description Generator, a tool for creating book descriptions optimized for Amazon.
Is Kindlepreneur free to use?
Kindlepreneur offers both free and paid resources and tools, depending on the level of access and features required by the user.
41. Book Promotion
Book Promotion refers to marketing activities and strategies used by authors and publishers to increase a book’s visibility and sales, and reach a wider audience of readers.
What are some common book promotion strategies?
Common book promotion strategies include social media marketing, email marketing, book reviews and endorsements, book giveaways and contests, and advertising on Amazon and other platforms.
How can authors measure the effectiveness of their book promotion activities?
Authors can measure the effectiveness of their book promotion activities by tracking their book’s sales and rankings, monitoring customer reviews and feedback, and analyzing the performance of their advertising and marketing campaigns.
What are some best practices for book promotion?
Some best practices for book promotion include targeting the right audience and channels, using clear and compelling messaging and visuals, providing value to readers and followers, and being consistent and persistent in your marketing efforts.
BookBub is a promotional platform for discounted eBooks, offering daily deals and recommendations to millions of readers through email and social media.
How does BookBub work?
Authors and publishers can submit their discounted eBook deals to BookBub for consideration, and if accepted, the deal will be promoted to BookBub subscribers who have expressed interest in the book’s genre or category.
What are some benefits of using BookBub?
BookBub offers several benefits for authors and publishers, including access to a large and engaged audience of readers, increased visibility and sales for their books, and a high return on investment for their promotional campaigns.
Is BookBub free to use?
Authors and publishers must pay a fee to promote their book on BookBub, with the cost depending on the book’s genre, discount, and target audience.
AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) is an advertising platform for authors and publishers to promote their books on Amazon, using targeted ads and sponsored products to reach potential readers.
How does AMS work?
Authors and publishers can create ads and sponsored product campaigns through their KDP account, targeting specific keywords, categories, and audiences, and setting their own budget and bidding strategy.
What are some best practices for AMS advertising?
Some best practices for AMS advertising include targeting the right keywords and audiences, using compelling ad copy and visuals, monitoring and adjusting campaigns regularly, and testing different ad formats and strategies to optimize performance.
Is AMS suitable for all authors and book genres?
AMS can be effective for many authors and book genres, but the cost and competition for ad space may vary depending on the book’s category and target audience.
44. Book Launch
Book Launch refers to the process of releasing and promoting a new book, typically involving a combination of pre-launch activities, marketing and advertising campaigns, and post-launch engagement with readers and fans.
What are some pre-launch activities for a book launch?
Some pre-launch activities for a book launch include creating a launch team or street team, generating buzz and anticipation through social media and email marketing, and setting up pre-orders and exclusive content for early supporters.
What are some post-launch activities for a book launch?
Some post-launch activities for a book launch include engaging with readers and fans through book clubs, author events, and social media, soliciting and responding to reviews and feedback, and continuing to promote and market the book through targeted advertising and outreach.
What are some common mistakes to avoid during a book launch?
Some common mistakes to avoid during a book launch include not having a clear launch plan and timeline, not targeting the right audience or channels, overspending on advertising and marketing without measuring results, and neglecting to engage with readers and fans after the launch.
Goodreads is a social media platform for book lovers, allowing users to discover, rate, and review books, connect with other readers and authors, and participate in book clubs and discussions.
How can authors use Goodreads to promote their books?
Authors can use Goodreads to create an author profile, add their books to the platform, participate in giveaways and promotions, and engage with readers and fans through reviews, comments, and discussions.
What are some benefits of using Goodreads for book promotion?
Goodreads offers several benefits for authors, including access to a large and engaged community of readers, increased visibility and exposure for their books, and the ability to gather and respond to feedback and reviews.
Is Goodreads free to use?
Goodreads is free to use for readers and authors, although authors may need to pay for certain advertising and promotional features on the platform.
46. Amazon Author Rank
Amazon Author Rank is a ranking system based on an author’s sales performance on Amazon, updated hourly and displayed on the author’s profile page.
How is Amazon Author Rank calculated?
Amazon Author Rank is calculated based on an author’s sales of all their books on Amazon, with a weighted emphasis on recent and sustained sales performance.
What are some benefits of having a high Amazon Author Rank?
A high Amazon Author Rank can increase an author’s visibility and credibility on Amazon, and help attract new readers and fans to their books.
Can authors influence their Amazon Author Rank?
Authors can influence their Amazon Author Rank by promoting and marketing their books effectively, maintaining a consistent and engaged presence on Amazon, and publishing and releasing new books regularly.
47. Kindle Countdown Deals
Kindle Countdown Deals is a KDP Select promotional tool offering limited-time discounts on eBooks, with a countdown clock and progressive discount structure to incentivize early sales and create urgency for readers.
How does Kindle Countdown Deals work?
Authors and publishers can set up a Kindle Countdown Deal through their KDP account, selecting a promotional period of up to seven days and choosing a discount structure of up to five price increments.
What are some benefits of using Kindle Countdown Deals?
Kindle Countdown Deals can help authors and publishers increase their book’s visibility and sales, attract new readers and fans, and generate buzz and momentum for their promotional campaigns.
Is Kindle Countdown Deals suitable for all types of books?
Kindle Countdown Deals may be more effective for certain types of books and genres, such as series, novellas, and new releases, that can benefit from the additional exposure and urgency of a limited-time offer.
48. Free Book Promotion
Free Book Promotion is a KDP Select promotional tool allowing authors to offer their eBook for free for a limited time, typically up to five days.
How does Free Book Promotion work?
Authors and publishers can set up a Free Book Promotion through their KDP account, selecting a promotional period of up to five days and choosing the price of $0.00 for their eBook.
What are some benefits of using Free Book Promotion?
Free Book Promotion can help authors and publishers increase their book’s visibility and reach, attract new readers and fans, and generate buzz and momentum for their promotional campaigns.
Is Free Book Promotion suitable for all types of books?
Free Book Promotion may be more effective for certain types of books and genres, such as series, first books in a series, and books with high reader engagement, that can benefit from the additional exposure and potential for reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations.
49. Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates is an affiliate marketing program that allows authors and publishers to earn referral fees for promoting their books and other products on Amazon.
How does Amazon Associates work?
Authors and publishers can sign up for Amazon Associates and receive a unique affiliate link to promote their books and other Amazon products through their website, blog, social media, or other channels.
What are some benefits of using Amazon Associates?
Amazon Associates can help authors and publishers earn additional income and referral fees for their promotional efforts, and provide a convenient and streamlined way for readers and fans to purchase their books and other Amazon products.
Are there any restrictions or guidelines for using Amazon Associates?
Amazon Associates has several restrictions and guidelines for participating in the program, including disclosing affiliate links and earnings, avoiding misleading or deceptive promotions, and complying with applicable laws and regulations.
ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) is a platform for creating and distributing audiobooks on Amazon, through partnerships with authors, narrators, and producers.
How does ACX work?
Authors and publishers can create an audiobook through ACX by selecting a narrator or producing their own, and submitting the audiobook for distribution on Amazon and Audible.
What are some benefits of creating an audiobook through ACX?
Creating an audiobook through ACX can help authors and publishers reach new audiences and revenue streams, increase the discoverability and marketability of their books, and provide an additional format for readers and fans to enjoy their content.
Is ACX free to use?
ACX is free to use for authors and publishers, although there may be costs associated with hiring narrators or producers for the audiobook creation process.
Whispersync is a technology that synchronizes reading progress, notes, and highlights across Kindle devices and apps, allowing readers to seamlessly switch between reading formats and devices.
How does Whispersync work?
Whispersync works by syncing a reader’s progress, notes, and highlights across their Kindle devices and apps through the cloud, allowing them to pick up where they left off and access their content from any device.
What are some benefits of using Whispersync?
Whispersync can provide a seamless and convenient reading experience for readers, allowing them to switch between reading formats and devices without losing their place or notes, and encouraging them to read more frequently and consistently.
Is Whispersync available for all Kindle books?
Whispersync is available for most Kindle books, although some titles may not be eligible due to technical limitations or publisher restrictions.
X-Ray is a Kindle feature that provides supplemental information about a book’s content, such as character names, locations, and references, and allows readers to explore and navigate the book more easily.
How does X-Ray work?
X-Ray works by analyzing a book’s text and providing contextual information and links to relevant pages and sections, which readers can access by tapping on the X-Ray button or a specific term or reference.
What are some benefits of using X-Ray?
X-Ray can provide a deeper and more immersive reading experience for readers, allowing them to better understand and engage with a book’s content, and providing a useful tool for research and analysis.
Is X-Ray available for all Kindle books?
X-Ray is available for most Kindle books, although some titles may not be eligible due to technical limitations or publisher restrictions.
53. Lending Library
Lending Library is a collection of eBooks that Amazon Prime members can borrow for free, with no due dates or late fees.
How does Lending Library work?
Lending Library allows Amazon Prime members to borrow one eBook at a time for free, with no due dates or late fees, and access the book on any Kindle device or app.
What are some benefits of using Lending Library?
Lending Library can provide a cost-effective and convenient way for readers to access and discover new books, and encourage them to read more frequently and consistently.
Are all books available in Lending Library?
Not all books are available in Lending Library, as participation is voluntary for authors and publishers and may be restricted based on contractual agreements or other factors.
Matchbook was a discontinued program that allowed customers to buy discounted Kindle editions of print books they’d purchased on Amazon.
How did Matchbook work?
Customers who purchased a qualifying print book on Amazon could also purchase the Kindle edition at a discounted price, typically ranging from free to $2.99.
What were some benefits of Matchbook?
Matchbook provided a convenient and cost-effective way for readers to access both print and digital editions of their favorite books, and encouraged them to try new authors and titles in both formats.
Why was Matchbook discontinued?
Amazon discontinued Matchbook in 2019, citing a lack of customer usage and interest.
55. Kindle Textbook Creator
Kindle Textbook Creator is a tool for creating and publishing educational content on Kindle devices, including textbooks, workbooks, and other educational materials.
How does Kindle Textbook Creator work?
Authors and publishers can use Kindle Textbook Creator to import and convert their educational content, add interactive features and multimedia, and publish the finished product to the Kindle platform.
What are some benefits of using Kindle Textbook Creator?
Kindle Textbook Creator can help authors and publishers reach new audiences and revenue streams, provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience for students, and take advantage of the accessibility and portability of Kindle devices.
Are there any technical or formatting requirements for using Kindle Textbook Creator?
Kindle Textbook Creator has several technical and formatting requirements, including using a supported file format (PDF or HTML), following specific design and layout guidelines, and ensuring compatibility with various Kindle devices and apps.
56. Kindle Comic Creator
Kindle Comic Creator is a tool for creating and publishing comic books and graphic novels on Kindle devices, with features such as panel view, zoom, and double-page spreads.
How does Kindle Comic Creator work?
Authors and publishers can use Kindle Comic Creator to import and convert their comic book or graphic novel files, add interactive features and effects, and publish the finished product to the Kindle platform.
What are some benefits of using Kindle Comic Creator?
Kindle Comic Creator can help comic book and graphic novel creators reach new audiences and revenue streams, take advantage of the accessibility and portability of Kindle devices, and provide a more immersive and interactive reading experience for fans.
Are there any technical or formatting requirements for using Kindle Comic Creator?
Kindle Comic Creator has several technical and formatting requirements, including using a supported file format (PDF, JPG, PNG, or TIFF), following specific design and layout guidelines, and ensuring compatibility with various Kindle devices and apps.
57. KDP Tax Interview
KDP Tax Interview is a required process for providing tax information to Amazon, in order to comply with U.S. tax regulations and receive royalty payments from Amazon.
Why do I need to complete a KDP Tax Interview?
Authors and publishers are required to complete a KDP Tax Interview to provide accurate tax information to Amazon, in order to comply with U.S. tax regulations and avoid any potential tax issues or penalties.
What information do I need to provide in the KDP Tax Interview?
Authors and publishers need to provide their taxpayer identification number (TIN), such as a Social Security number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN), and certify their tax status as a U.S. person or foreign person.
What happens if I don’t complete the KDP Tax Interview?
If authors and publishers don’t complete the KDP Tax Interview, their royalty payments from Amazon may be subject to withholding taxes at a higher rate or be suspended until the necessary tax information is provided.
58. KDP Terms and Conditions
KDP Terms and Conditions are the rules and guidelines for using Amazon KDP, and cover topics such as eligibility, content guidelines, pricing, royalties, and intellectual property rights.
Do I need to read and agree to the KDP Terms and Conditions?
Yes, authors and publishers must read and agree to the KDP Terms and Conditions in order to use the Amazon KDP platform.
What are some important sections of the KDP Terms and Conditions?
Some important sections of the KDP Terms and Conditions include the eligibility requirements for using the platform, the content guidelines and restrictions, the pricing and royalty options, and the intellectual property rights and infringement policies.
What happens if I violate the KDP Terms and Conditions?
If authors and publishers violate the KDP Terms and Conditions, their account may be suspended or terminated, their content may be removed or edited, and they may be subject to legal action or penalties.
59. Kindle Reading Apps
Kindle Reading Apps are applications for reading Kindle eBooks on non-Kindle devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.
What devices and platforms are supported by Kindle Reading Apps?
Kindle Reading Apps are available for a wide range of devices and platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and web browsers.
Are all Kindle features and functionalities available on Kindle Reading Apps?
Most Kindle features and functionalities are available on Kindle Reading Apps, although some may be limited or unavailable due to technical or platform-specific limitations.
Are there any additional costs for using Kindle Reading Apps?
Kindle Reading Apps are free to download and use, although users may need to purchase or download eBooks separately from the Amazon website or app.
60. KDP Help Center
KDP Help Center is a resource for authors seeking assistance with KDP-related questions and issues, including FAQs, troubleshooting guides, and contact options.
What types of resources are available in the KDP Help Center?
The KDP Help Center provides a variety of resources for authors and publishers, including FAQs, troubleshooting guides, video tutorials, and contact options such as email and phone support.
How can I contact KDP support through the Help Center?
Authors and publishers can contact KDP support through the Help Center by selecting the “Contact Us” option and providing details about their issue or question.
Is the KDP Help Center available in multiple languages?
Yes, the KDP Help Center is available in multiple languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.
61. KDP University
KDP University is a collection of resources and webinars for learning about KDP and self-publishing, including topics such as writing, editing, formatting, cover design, and marketing.
Are the resources in KDP University free?
Yes, the resources in KDP University are free to access and use for all authors and publishers using the Amazon KDP platform.
What types of webinars are available in KDP University?
KDP University offers a variety of webinars on different topics related to self-publishing, such as marketing, promotion, and book design, and are led by industry experts and successful authors.
How can I access KDP University?
Authors and publishers can access KDP University by visiting the Amazon KDP website and selecting the “KDP University” option under the “Resources” tab.
62. Amazon Best Sellers Rank
Amazon Best Sellers Rank is a ranking system based on a book’s sales performance on Amazon, updated hourly, and is used to help customers discover new and popular titles.
How is the Amazon Best Sellers Rank calculated?
The Amazon Best Sellers Rank is calculated based on a combination of recent sales data and historical sales data, taking into account factors such as the book’s price, popularity, and customer reviews.
How can the Amazon Best Sellers Rank impact book sales?
A higher Amazon Best Sellers Rank can indicate a book’s popularity and increase its visibility and discoverability, which can lead to increased sales and revenue.
Are there any strategies for improving a book’s Amazon Best Sellers Rank?
Some strategies for improving a book’s Amazon Best Sellers Rank include optimizing its product page, running promotions and advertising campaigns, and encouraging reviews and ratings from readers.
63. Kindle Scout
Kindle Scout was a discontinued reader-powered publishing platform for new, never-before-published books, in which readers could nominate and vote for their favorite titles to be published by Amazon.
Why was Kindle Scout discontinued?
Amazon decided to discontinue Kindle Scout in 2018 due to changes in the publishing landscape and a focus on other publishing programs and services.
Were all Kindle Scout books published by Amazon?
No, not all Kindle Scout books were published by Amazon, although many were. Some authors who participated in Kindle Scout used the platform as a way to gain exposure and attract the attention of traditional publishers.
Are there any similar publishing programs to Kindle Scout?
There are several similar reader-powered publishing programs, such as Inkitt and Publishizer, that offer authors the opportunity to gain exposure and support from readers to publish their books.
64. Kindle Singles
Kindle Singles are a curated collection of short-form content, including essays, stories, and novellas, that are available exclusively on Kindle devices and apps.
Are all Kindle Singles free to download?
No, not all Kindle Singles are free to download. Some are available for purchase, while others may be offered for free for a limited time or as part of a promotion.
What types of content are included in Kindle Singles?
Kindle Singles include a variety of short-form content, such as essays, memoirs, short stories, and investigative journalism, typically ranging from 5,000 to 30,000 words in length.
Can authors submit their work to be considered for Kindle Singles?
Yes, authors can submit their work for consideration to be published as a Kindle Single through the Amazon KDP platform.
65. Kindle Worlds
Kindle Worlds was a discontinued platform for publishing fan fiction in authorized story worlds, where authors could write and publish their own stories based on existing books, TV shows, and movies.
Why was Kindle Worlds discontinued?
Amazon decided to discontinue Kindle Worlds in 2018, citing a shift in focus to other publishing programs and services.
Were all fan fiction stories on Kindle Worlds authorized?
Yes, all stories published on Kindle Worlds were authorized, meaning that Amazon had secured the necessary rights from the original content owners to allow fan fiction stories to be written and published within the established story worlds.
Are there any other platforms for publishing fan fiction?
Yes, there are several other platforms for publishing fan fiction, such as Archive of Our Own, FanFiction.net, and Wattpad, that allow authors to share their fan fiction stories with a community of readers.
66. KDP Pen to Publish Contest
KDP Pen to Publish Contest is a writing competition for self-published authors on KDP, designed to discover and recognize emerging writers across multiple genres, including romance, thriller, and sci-fi.
How does the KDP Pen to Publish Contest work?
The KDP Pen to Publish Contest is a multi-stage contest that includes a public voting period, a judging panel, and a grand finale event. Authors submit their manuscripts for consideration, and readers vote for their favorite entries. The top entries then move on to the judging panel, and the winners are announced at the grand finale event.
What are the prizes for the KDP Pen to Publish Contest?
The prizes for the KDP Pen to Publish Contest vary depending on the genre and include cash prizes, publishing contracts with Amazon, and promotional opportunities for the winning authors.
Is the KDP Pen to Publish Contest open to authors outside of India?
No, the KDP Pen to Publish Contest is currently only open to authors in India.
67. Serialized Fiction
Serialized Fiction is the process of publishing a story in multiple installments or episodes, typically released on a regular schedule, such as weekly or monthly.
What are the benefits of publishing a story as serialized fiction?
Publishing a story as serialized fiction can create anticipation and engagement among readers, as they eagerly await the next installment. It can also allow authors to experiment with different writing styles and story structures, and can provide a steady stream of content for readers to consume.
What types of stories are well-suited for serialization?
Stories with cliffhangers, complex plots, and multiple storylines are well-suited for serialization, as they can keep readers engaged and coming back for more. Serialized fiction is also well-suited for genres like sci-fi, fantasy, and romance, which often have a strong fan base and a desire for ongoing stories and worlds.
How can authors monetize serialized fiction?
Authors can monetize serialized fiction through various methods, such as charging a subscription fee for access to new episodes, offering exclusive content and bonuses for subscribers, or releasing the complete story as a single book for purchase.
An imprint is a brand or publishing entity under which a book is published. Imprints can specialize in certain genres, styles, or authors, and can help readers identify the type of content they can expect from a particular book.
How do imprints differ from traditional publishers?
Imprints are typically part of larger publishing houses and may have their own distinct branding and editorial focus. While imprints may have some autonomy in their decision-making, they ultimately answer to the parent publisher.
What are some well-known book imprints?
Some well-known book imprints include Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, which have multiple imprints specializing in various genres and styles.
How can authors choose the right imprint for their book?
Authors should research imprints to find one that aligns with their book’s genre, style, and target audience. They can also look at books published by the imprint to get a sense of the type of content they typically produce.
69. Print Length
Print Length is the number of pages in the print version of a book, used for calculating royalties. Print Length can vary depending on factors such as font size, margins, and line spacing.
How is Print Length calculated?
Print Length is typically calculated based on the number of words in the book, using a standard formula to estimate the number of pages based on font size, margins, and line spacing.
Why is Print Length important for calculating royalties?
Print Length is used to determine the printing costs and pricing of the book, which in turn affects the author’s royalties. Authors receive a percentage of the list price of each book sold, and the list price is based on the printing costs and desired profit margin.
Can Print Length affect a book’s marketability?
Yes, Print Length can affect a book’s marketability, as readers may be more or less likely to purchase a book based on its length. Some genres, such as epic fantasy and literary fiction, may be more accepting of longer books, while others, such as romance and young adult, may prefer shorter books.
70. KDP Jumpstart
KDP Jumpstart is a step-by-step guide to help authors self-publish their books on Amazon KDP. The guide covers topics such as formatting, publishing, and promoting a book on the platform.
Is KDP Jumpstart available to all authors?
Yes, KDP Jumpstart is available to all authors who are publishing on Amazon KDP.
What topics are covered in KDP Jumpstart?
KDP Jumpstart covers a wide range of topics,
including setting up an account, formatting a manuscript for Kindle, creating a book cover, pricing and publishing a book, and promoting it on Amazon. The guide also includes video tutorials and checklists to help authors stay organized throughout the publishing process.
Is KDP Jumpstart a free resource?
Yes, KDP Jumpstart is a free resource provided by Amazon to help authors self-publish their books on the platform.
Can KDP Jumpstart guarantee a book’s success on Amazon?
No, KDP Jumpstart is a resource to help authors navigate the self-publishing process on Amazon, but it does not guarantee a book’s success. Success on Amazon depends on various factors, such as the book’s quality,
Self-publishing on Amazon offers authors a unique opportunity to get their books into the hands of readers around the world. However, navigating the platform can be overwhelming, especially for those new to the industry.
By familiarizing yourself with the essential terms and concepts in this glossary, you’ll be better equipped to succeed in self-publishing on Amazon. From understanding royalties and book metadata to mastering tools like KDP Jumpstart and Cover Creator, this glossary will help you navigate the self-publishing process with confidence.
We hope this glossary serves as a valuable resource for authors looking to self-publish on Amazon and achieve success in the world of self-publishing.