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How to Get Started with Amazon KDP in 2024

Have a good book idea or a great AI GPT sequence? Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing might be the best way to get it printed!

  • April 19, 2024
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  • Chuck Kessler
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Want to see your name in print? Now is the perfect time to write that book you’ve always wanted to. 

It doesn’t need to be a 400-page novel. You can put together a short guide to AI GPT prompt sequences or teach an entrepreneur about selling on Amazon, Walmart, TikTok, or Shopify. How about explaining the best way to start a fire? There’s a market for those topics as well.

There’s a lot of money to be made with self publishing and, of course, Amazon has thrown their hat in the ring.

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What is Kindle Direct Publishing?

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) allows you to self publish eBooks, paperbacks, and hardcover books for free, through the Amazon platform. It also gives you the option to expand your book’s availability on a global scale. That makes it more accessible for readers around the world.

With Amazon KDP, you have full publishing rights to your book. That’s not something a traditional publishing house typically allows.

Amazon hit 574.8 billion U.S. dollars in net sales revenue worldwide in 2023 and has an audience of over 310 million customers worldwide. For prospective Amazon KDP authors, the ability to sell (and advertise) in Amazon’s ecosystem can be a great advantage, particularly for those just getting started.

Publishing with Amazon KDP is simple with your completed book appearing on Amazon Stores around the world within days. Not only does the Amazon Kindle platform offer publishing for free, but they also offer physical copies of your book through their print-on-demand service at no cost as well!

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What Are the Main Benefits of Amazon KDP?

The most obvious advantage of Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s marketplace superpower. The ability to self publish paperbacks for free and at the same time, reach millions of readers on Amazon, is pretty amazing. 

That’s not all!

Here is a list of other very good reasons to take a closer look at Kindle Direct Publishing:

Get to Market Fast

Amazon says that “KDP publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours.”

Make More Money

Amazon claims that authors using Kindle Direct Publishing can “earn up to 70% royalty on sales to customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and more.” When you enroll in KDP Select you can make even more money through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Keep Control

Amazon KDP allows Kindle eBook authors to maintain control of their rights, set their own prices as well as make ongoing changes to their books.

Publish (a Lot of) Kindle eBooks and Paperbacks for Free

There is no limit to the number of books that you can publish,, even using different pen names and in different categories.

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Use Amazon’s Ad Platform to Help Boost Your Book’s Rank

Just like any other product, an author’s books will have a sales rank on the Kindle Store. Amazon Ads might be the best way to quickly influence your rank. 

Amazon Ads are tailored to Amazon’s marketplace and help you to connect with customers through ads that appear in Amazon shopping results and drive discovery of your brand as an author. Because Amazon Ads are cost-per-click, you only pay when customers click on your ad. 

Canopy Management’s PPC Advertising Pros have specific experience helping KDP authors get started with Amazon advertising. 

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What Can You Publish with Amazon KDP?

According to Amazon KDP, content typically published using KDP includes but is not limited to the following:

(Keep in mind, KDP does not allow the creation of magazines, periodicals, or spiral bound books)

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How Do Amazon KDP Authors Get Paid?  

You can choose between two royalty options that Amazon self publishing offers for each of your eBooks: a 35% royalty option and the 70% royalty option.

Amazon says that, “any publisher, author, or other rights holder can select the 70% royalty option for their individual eligible titles. To select the 70% royalty option for new or existing eligible titles, follow the instructions on the Enter Pricing Information help page.”

To qualify for the 70% royalty option, books must meet these requirements:

All books are still eligible for the standard 35% royalty as long as the title meets list price requirements. For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

How Amazon KDP Calculates Royalties

For a full list of the requirements and royalty specifics, visit Amazon’s KDP help site.

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How to Advertise Your Book

For the last few years, Amazon’s hyper competitive marketplace has increasingly become “pay-to-play.” If you want eyes on your products, you’re probably going to have to spend ad dollars to reach your ideal customers.

Amazon PPC is the advertising platform where third-party sellers create ads for their products that helps them to increase sales on Amazon. With Amazon PPC, advertisers pay a fee to Amazon when a shopper clicks on their ad. 

That’s the pay-per-click.

Using Sponsored Product Ads

To get started, you’ll set up an ad campaign targeting relevant keywords that your ideal readers are likely to use when searching for books. When a customer searches for one of your keywords, your ad may appear and if clicked, will take them to your book’s listing. Again, you’ll pay a fee each time your ad is clicked.

Some tips for Sponsored Product ads:

Running ads for your KDP books is a great way to help you reach new customers. With Amazon Advertising, you can create custom ads for readers likely to be interested in books just like yours. There’s no doubt that Amazon PPC advertising has the potential to boost visibility and sales. However, it takes experience and technical expertise to do it properly and achieve meaningful results.

The best PPC agencies have mastered the art of Amazon advertising and are well-positioned to help you achieve success. They analyze every aspect of your business and implement strategies that maximize your ROI (return on investment).

That’s why a good first step might be to reach out to the Amazon advertising specialists at Canopy Management.

Check your book’s eligibility requirements:

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Optimize Your KDP Listing for Amazon’s Algorithm 

With over 310 million active users, and 350 million products, how does Amazon keep track of all of those Amazon sellers’ product rankings?

Answer: A very smart machine.

Amazon’s engineers have designed, built, and updated an increasingly sophisticated algorithm to help them determine what products rise to the top of search results.

Amazon’s algorithm rewards ecommerce sellers that take the time to thoroughly optimize their Amazon listings. That optimization is also referred to as Amazon SEO

As an Amazon KDP author, your goal is to make that algorithm very happy with your listing.

One way of doing that is to answer prospective readers’ questions well before they are forced to ask. Because of that, Amazon KDP listings should tell prospective customers everything they want (and need) to know so that you rank as high in the search results as possible.

The Amazon Creative Services Team at Canopy Management are pros at making sure that your KDP listing JUMPS off of the page.

To get a closer look at how to improve your own Amazon listings’ SEO (or Search Engine Optimization), here’s a Canopy Management post on the subject.

Amazon KDP Select Can Expand Your Readership

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want. When an eBook author enrolls in KDP Select, their books are automatically included in Kindle Unlimited.

As a Kindle eBook Author, your books will still be available for anyone to buy in the Kindle Store, and you’ll continue to earn royalties from those sales like you do today.

Amazon says that, “when you choose to enroll your book in Kindle Select, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital.”

Benefits of Amazon KDP Select

(Keep in mind that when you enroll your book in KDP Select, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your own website, blogs, etc. You can continue to distribute your book in physical format)

How to Sign Up for an Amazon KDP Account

Amazon publishing and KDP are a great way to publish your own eBook. You have the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of a giant corporation (Amazon) to help make it happen. Why not take advantage of the incredibly low bar to entry?

Signing up for a Kindle Direct Publishing account is very simple and can have your eBook published in no time! First, click “Sign in.

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Once you’ve entered the basic information, you can start the process of uploading your books. 

To begin, go to “Create a New Title” and choose Kindle eBook or Paperback. 

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The next window allows you to easily move through the process in three windows, eBook Details, eBook Content, and eBook Pricing. 

a page from an Amazon KPD sign up

In eBook Details,, you can start entering information about your book such as title, edition, author, description, publishing rights, and keywords. 

In eBook Content, you can upload your manuscript, eBook cover, eBook preview, and an optional Kindle eBook ISBN. 

(Be sure to read the KDP Content Guidelines before uploading your eBook)

In eBook Pricing, you have the option to enroll in KDP Select and can then select your royalty rate and price as well as choose the territories in which you want to list your book. 

Next Steps

Amazon’s KDP makes the process of getting started quick and easy. This isn’t just for large, sophisticated publishing houses, it’s perfect for beginners as well.

Amazon’s enormous ecosystem is built to streamline the process and make sure that you reach as many people (readers) as possible. Now’s the time to take advantage of the increasing number of people transitioning to the web for everything from groceries to their next great read.

Remember, Canopy’s team of Amazon Brand Management and Advertising specialists are here for you. After all, we all love a good book!

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