Amazon – As Easy as 1, 2, 3

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Self Publishing

1. Getting Started

  • Set up or use an existing account to log in at
  • Once logged in, notice the alert message in the upper right hand corner of your screen. “Your account information is incomplete. To publish a book you’ll need to complete this.” Click “Update Now.”
    • You’ll be asked to enter your Company/Publisher, Tax and Payment Information
    • As an individual I will have to use my Social Security number.  If I was a company, I would use a Federal ID
    • You enter your bank account information.  I’m kind of surprised it doesn’t mention Paypal in the tips, but maybe when I go to do these steps there will be a PayPal option.

2. Content Guidelines

  • Publications must in compliance with all local, state, national, and international laws.
  • If content is considered prohibited, Kindle has the right to remove it.  Prohibited materials include: pornography, offensive material, illegal items, stolen goods, Items that infringe upon personal privacy, recopied media, publicity rights, public domain.
  • You must own the copyright to the material you are publishing.

3. Publish your content

  • Use Word to create the doc
    • Use .doc or .rtf format, not .docx
    • You can use indentations, bold characters, italics and headings, but bullet points, special fonts, headers, and footers will not translate.
    • Enter a page break at the end of every chapter and insert a page break after the last sentence of each chapter in the book.
    • Images should be inserted in .jpeg format with center alignment (don’t copy and paste from another source). Since I don’t use images other than the cover, this doesn’t affect. me.
    • Use spellcheck and carefully proofread your book.
  • Create Front Matter
    • May include a Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum. The guidelines tell you exactly how to format these sections.
  • Create Back Matter
    • Such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries.
    • Indexes are not recommended
  • Save your Word file to your Documents folder or Desktop in Web Page, Filtered (*HTM &*HTML) format.
  • Use Mobipocket Creator to build your eBook
    • More on Mobipocket in a separate blog
  • Use the Kindle Previewer to view your eBook to make sure it if formatted correctly.
  • Upload your eBook to KDP to make it available for sale on Amazon
    • Your book will appear for sale on the Kindle Store in approximately 24-48 hours.
    • Within 48 to 72 hours, all other book features should be available on the detail page, such as the product description and links to related physical editions.


Easy, peasey, right? So far anyway. I’ll delve deeper next time and let you know what I find.


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