Here is how to upload your Kindle ebook to the Amazon Kindle Publishing Platform:
This is the same process you will go through when you are ready to upload your file to be PUBLISHED.
BUT… before you actually pull the trigger to launch your baby into the cold cruel world, go through the steps here to create a sample file.
These are fewer steps, and you'll be able to do them and create a sample to view before you even know how to do the whole thing.
As you go through the steps, read the instructions at the “What’s This” pop ups, and also the FAQs that appear at the far right side of the screen.
If you don’t know what one of those messages means, just go ahead and go through this “exercise”, then go back later to fill in other blanks. Some won’t be applicable to your book… and you can learn which is or is not, by reading the instructions as you go through.
Amazon Publishing won't let you actually PUBLISH without filling in all blanks, but you don't have to fill in all of them to get a Sample.
1. First step… be sure you have your formatted MS Word file, or your final format Kindle file and your cover ready at hand.
The easiest way is to create a new folder on your desktop, and name it “Upload to Amazon”.
Copy your finished Kindle file (or your formatted-for-Kindle MS Word file) and your book cover image to the folder you have just made: “Upload to Amazon”.
Now, click on the link below:
(There is a lot of information at the top of the page that you will want to read and understand later, but for now, all we are doing is creating a sample to download and proof.)
Look for, and click on, the orange button, “Add New Title”.
The Amazon publishing page will appear:
Again, ignore the paragraphs at the top of the page, because we are just doing a sample now, but you should come later to read and understand it.
1. Enter Your Book Details
Please enter the exact title only. Books submitted with extra words in this field will not be published. (Why?)
Now, skip down several lines to Book Contributors
Book contributors: (What's this?)
A popup will appear for you to enter your name and identify yourself as author.
Now, skip down several lines to upload your cover. Be sure to read and follow instructions.
The Upload button will not appear until you have browsed and selected your Cover.
4. Upload Your Book Cover
Upload image (optional):
Your book cover will be used for:
- the book cover inside your book
- the product image in Amazon search results
- the product image on your book's detail page
A good cover looks good as a full sized image, but also looks good as a thumbnail image. If you do not upload a cover image, a placeholder image will be used. See placeholder image example. You can change or upload a new cover image for your book at any time.
Now, skip down several lines to Step 5 to upload your book file. Read what it says about DRM and select the option you want. The browse button to upload your Kindle book will not appear until you have selected your DRM option.
5. Upload Your Book File
Select a digital rights management (DRM) option: (What's this?)
Enable digital rights management
Do not enable digital rights management
Book content file:
After you have chosen your DRM option, the Browse button appears.
Click the Browse button, go to your Kindle file and select it.
After you have selected your Kindle file, the Upload button appears.
The Amazon Publishing program will upload your file and create a new version with your Book name, your author name, and your cover page.
After it has created your new book (which will take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes or so), it will display a new message in green type.
Upload and conversion successful!
Now your sample is finished and you should download and preview it.
Ignore the first preview option (which displays your book in an older, less useful previewer, and go the “Download Preview” option.
Download your Kindle ebook, and read it on your actual Kindle device.
After you are sure everything is ok, come back here, and go through all the steps to UPLOAD your final file to Amazon.
Before you actually UPLOAD to Amazon, you will, of course, want to go through all the steps and read the instructions to be sure you know what to do.