Is publishing your own book something that you’ve always wanted to do. Perhaps you have the next great American novel in the top drawer of your desk? Or maybe you have a collection of short stories? Possibly you would like to publish the life story of one of your relatives?
If any of the aforementioned scenarios sound familiar then you might be happy to learn that, not only are you far from alone, but that the options available to you are increasing every day. It has never been so easy to publish a book. Not only is it easier, it is also cheaper – and there are some options available which are completely free. As a matter of fact, you can even make money should your book sell well.
For example, Amazon are a company who apart from being very successful, have a strong Association with books and reading. When they launched the original Amazon website in 1995, the way that many people bought books changed dramatically.
Later, in 2007, when Amazon launched the original Kindle e-book reader, the way that people read books also began to change. The subsequent release of the enhanced Kindle 2, quickly followed by the large display Kindle DX in 2009, ensured that e-book readers became accepted by the public and, although still fairly new, the market for both e-book readers and e-books began to grow exponentially.
One of the key factors in the success of the Kindle – apart from the fact that it was an extremely well designed piece of hardware – was the large amount of Kindle books which were available for the Kindle users to choose from. Currently there are more than 400,000 Kindle books available on the Amazon website – and this number is growing at an average rate of 500 everyday.
In addition to changing the manner in which books are bought, delivered and read, the Kindle reader gives would-be authors the opportunity to have their work published and showcased by the world’s largest book seller. Having your book published in Kindle format is simple, fast and free. What’s more – so long as you fix the price of your book at the value between $1 and $9.99, Amazon will take no more than 30% of the sales price leaving 70% for you (minus a very small the lovely free – usually no more than a few cents depending upon how many kilobytes your book takes up).
You will need an Amazon account before you can publish your Kindle book. This is free – as a matter of fact, if you have ever purchased anything from Amazon then you will already have a free account. With your account in place, all you have to do is to format your book and upload it to Amazon’s website. One very simple way to do this is to format your book using Microsoft Word and then save it in HTML file format. This option can be found by selecting “save as” from the file menu. Other methods exist, but using Word is one of the easiest. It’s also a good idea to choose a suitable illustration for the cover of your book. This will make your book more appealing to potential buyers. This is also easy to do, simply upload your selected image to the Amazon site and you’re done. After that, you just need to fill in a few fields, choose a good title for your book, set your price – and you will be a published author!
Discover the Amazon Kindle reader for yourself – and have a look at the wide range of Kindle accessories available to help you customise your reader.