Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is Amazon.com's e-book publishing unit launched in November 2007, concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle device. KDP is used by publishers, to independently self publish their books directly to the Kindle Store.
My books are listed under amazon.com/author/andrewnoske .... only 1 book so far:
Ice Cream = Sex: What your flavor says about your fantasy, and how to make it happen
How to Guides
(1) Design your Cover
KPD has a page size guide to help estimate your cover size, and also when you go to publish it will tell you the expected size. I think Adobe InDesign is a fantastic choice to design your cover and export it to a PDF, so I have a guide: How To: Make a Book Cover for KDP in InDesign.
(2) Submit Your Book
This is actually a bit tricky. I suggest saving a draft and make sure you're ready for a launch date. If you have an eBook version launch that before any paperback version. One you click submit, it says it can take up to 72 hours to "review" (although probably it will be much less). For me only ~8 hours, and even though my paperback passed the initial review, my cover, some of my text came within 10 mm of the edge, so I had to submit again. To my shock, once it's published it's published!
Really I would have like to figure out how to get pre-order copies (you can order 1-5 at a time at print cost - for me ~$8 for my 112 page color book) before it was published out there, but at least you can change the PDF at any time... pretty much only the title and author name are locked in forever, which is good, because I saw grammar errors in my description.
Other things like the "Look Inside" feature can take longer. More information lives under the KDP Timelines page.
(3) Create an Author Page
I'm not certain if you can create an author page profile ahead of launching your first book, but you can use this site to "add" your books (linked to the same email address), and you should link them very soon after you have launched each book. :)
(4) Create an Audio Book (optional)
- KDP Paperback Publishing: Is Full-Color Worth It? - Shows off a 8.5*8.5" colored book, self published via KDP and looks really good - with shiny pages and everything.
- Tutorial - Formatting & publishing children's ebook & paperback (KDP) - Demonstrates how you can create a children's with the Children's book wizard and a program like Adobe Photoshop (to export a single page at a time).
- KDP.com - Self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free with Kindle Direct Publishing, and reach millions of readers on Amazon
- Wikipedia - Kindle Direct Publishing - Wikipedia.
- Design a Paperback Book Cover in InDesign: Tutorial - Useful tutorial for Adobe InDesign.