How to Publish a Book on Amazon and Make Money


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  • You can publish a book on Amazon using Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • To get started, create a Kindle Direct Publishing account connected to your Amazon account.
  • You can download a book in Word or PDF format, or use the Kindle Creator tool to convert a book for publication.
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Amazon is not just an online retailer. It started out as an online bookstore and, building on those roots, is also a book publisher. Unlike a traditional book publisher, however, where you have to persuade an acquisitions publisher to offer you a contract to get a book published, anyone can 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 download and publish your completed book. Then anyone can purchase and download your book in Kindle format. Here’s all you need to know.

How to Track Your Book’s Sales and Performance

Once the book is published, you can edit it or track its performance from the KDP website.

  • Click on the “Library” tab at the top of the page, then scroll down to “Your Books.” Here you can see all your published titles, their status, price and make changes to the list. For example, this is where you will update the description or the keywords.
  • Click on the “Reports” tab at the top of the page to view your income history and book sales.
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