How to Publish a Book on Amazon and Earn Money
- You can publish a book on Amazon using Kindle Direct Publishing.
- To get started, create a Kindle Direct Publishing account that’s connected to your Amazon account.
- You can upload a book in Word or PDF format, or use the Kindle Creator tool to convert a book for publishing.
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Amazon isn’t just an online retailer. It started as an online bookstore and, building on those roots, is a book publisher as well. Unlike a traditional book publisher, though, where you need to persuade an acquisitions editor to offer you a contract to get a book published, anyone can self-publish a book on Amazon.
How to publish a book on Amazon
You need to create an account with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system, then upload and publish your completed book. Then anyone can purchase and download your book in Kindle format. Here is everything you need to know.
How to track your book’s sales and performance
After the book is published, you can edit it or follow its performance from the KDP website.
- Click the “Bookshelf” tab at the top of the page and then scroll down to “Your Books.” Here you can see all your published titles, their status, price, and make changes to the listing. For example, this is where you go to update the description or keywords.
- Click the “Reports” tab at the top of the page to see your historical earnings and book sales.