The future is digital content and it has already started. At the time of writing, the Kindle has doubled the sale of e-books in the US. Thousands of books and catalogues are being added daily.
The Kindle was voted as one of Oprah’s favourite things in 2008 so its popularity is assured. It is a hand held digital book reader device that connects to the Internet and instantly downloads books from Amazon’s digital catalogue. It has a screen that makes it much easier to read and a user interface more like turning a page so there is no scrolling.
Digital books (or e-books) are generally bought far more cheaply than physical books can be. You can find, buy and read instantly with wireless internet access (currently only in the US). They have a catalogue of books, magazines, newspapers and blogs which is expanding every day as popularity grows. The device itself holds over hundreds of ebooks, magazines and newspapers and you can add more memory, so you always have reading material.
Readers love print books, but they also love the internet for speed, ease and price of e-books.
How to get your book onto the Kindle
You can get your book onto Kindle by uploading it in the right format at Amazon’s Desktop Publishing site.
The process is as follows:
(1) Sign in with your Amazon account (or create a new one).
(2) Add a new item (i.e. book) to the screen and add all your information – ISBN, blurb, search keywords.
(3) Upload your book. It is easy to upload, but you might find that the formatting is wrong. They have a formatting documents guide, but it is essentially HTML. From Microsoft Word, you can save the book in HTML and edit it directly. There is a help forum at the site if you have trouble.
(4) Enter the price. For this step, make sure you check out other people’s books prices and price yours accordingly.
(5) Enter your bank account and US tax numbers. Currently you must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID Number (TIN) or Employer ID Number (EIN) to publish on Kindle (so non-US residents cannot use it).
Your book will be on the Kindle within 48 hours and available for sale.
Joanna Penn is an author and blogger at The Creative Penn
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