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Budding Author? Amazon's Simplified It's Self-Publishing Process For Your Next Paperbacks

16 Feb, 2017

Over the last few years, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program has almost single-handedly made self-publishing ebooks a mainstream thing.

This program (and the relatively cheap Kindle devices) has enabled writers to reach markets that they would never have reached before.

Actually, the capability to self-publishing a paperback is not something that is new to Amazon’s KDP program; it’s been around for a while now. The process to do so however, has been quite messed up and clunky, with hiccups strewn across various parts of the design program.

Authors had up until now, been forced to use a different design program for both the formats of publishing (digital and print). So if the author wished to get printed copies of their already published e-books, they would have to compile the entire thing again in a different format, with different tools.

Not anymore!

Amazon has now decided to move to a single point of entry for both formats, using an updated version of Amazon’s CreateSpace system.

Authors no longer need to spend any extra money up front for print runs, as the KDP will debit the printing fees from resulting book sales. While the 60% royalty passed on to the author for each book sold, is approximately 10% lower than the highest ebook royalty, but it is many folds higher than the royalty offered to most authors by publishing houses.

There’s another saving – authors will no longer need to worry about running out of copies since the books will be printed on demand (and undoubtedly be shipped expeditiously thanks to Amazon’s mind-bendingly big logistics infrastructure).

While the feature set of the older version of CreateSpace was much more robust, including physical proofs and author copies, the new beta KDP process will eventually catch on, quite certainly.

There are many reasons for that, primary being that this new feature will not only help authors, and Amazon, reach customers who prefer their books on paper, it also has the potential to streamline a lot about the publishing industry in general.

The power of publishing a book and bringing it to a market, has mostly resided with the publication houses till now – simply because they command and control the army of resources necessary to get a book to it’s audience across continents and oceans.

This painless integration is a boon, in many ways, and we’d only get to see it’s power in full glory as more authors turn to using this facility to bring out their stories in Print.

While the market of ebooks has been growing exponentially, many of us admit that we still prefer the more traditional format of paperbacks. So, Print has shown an incredible resilience to the digital onslaught, and with this self-publishing capability gaining more muscle, it will be interesting to see how many new authors find their ways into reader’s hands.

Are you one of those budding authors waiting to express yourself? Don’t wait any longer – type away!