Wednesday, September 9, 2015

7 Things You Need to Know About Publishing a Book on Kindle

1. You Can Format a Book in MS Word

You don’t need to buy any fancy programs to format your book for Kindle and you don’t need to buy any Kindle book templates. All you need is MS Word and KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) provides you with free information on how to properly format your book.

2. Minimum Word Count

There is a minimum word count of 2,500 words for Kindle books. The target word count for most nonfiction books is 6,000 words and up. Kindle Shorts start at 5,000 words.

3. Avoid Bulleted Lists

Never use bulleted lists in your Kindle books. The formatting does not translate well into Kindle books. Instead, avoid indented bullet lists and create a list manually using an asterisk.

4. The Sweet Spot in Pricing

Books priced below $2.99 and books priced above $9.99 get a 35% royalty. Books priced between $2.99 and $9.99 get a 70% royalty. Many writers feel that books priced at $2.99, getting the 70% royalty, sell better than books in other price ranges.

5. You Can Update Your Book Anytime

You can update your book’s content and cover at any time and as often as you like. There is no limit on the updates you make and you can upload corrected or updates books whenever you choose. Customers who have previously downloaded your books will automatically receive the update.

6. Pre-Orders

You can accept pre-orders on your book up to 90 days before its release date. This is a great way to see if there is an interest in your book before you begin writing it.

7. Removing a Book

You can remove a book for sale at any time. You cannot delete the book from your “library”, but the sales page on Amazon will be removed from the public.

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