Is KDP Worth it?

Amazon Kindle Direct or KDP publishing has been launched in late 2007 it started out as a self-publishing ebook platform and evolved into something immense.

Now, the main question that has been a trending topic is; “Is Amazon KDP worth it?

This article is going to provide a deeper analysis of all the features to discuss the pros and cons of Amazon KDP. What does Amazon KDP do?

They publish eBooks, paperbacks and hardcover books. Each come with, need to know information. So that way you can make an informed decision, they allow you to publish for free. Think of it like the YouTube of self-publishing. It’s a free to use model, but there’s a revenue share that’s involved with it.

I’ll tell you more about that later. Now. What does Amazon KDP not do they do not assume any copyright of your work whatsoever? They distribute your. But they won’t do so without your permission. And they of course do not charge for uploads at all. So don’t expect to have to pay a bunch of fees, like some other platforms.

So who is Amazon KDP? Four, pretty much anyone in most, any region in the world. All right. Let’s start out with their flagship, offering the eBooks. Now the file types that you can be able. Upload include doc X EUB and KPF. Now the biggest issue comes by way of say doc X, because well, EUB, you’ve got no problem whatsoever.

It’s the gold standard of most eBooks. So EUB no problem. But with doc X, you’re gonna run into. Some potential layout issues. If you upload that directly to KDP, because they go and put it through an automated formatting system that spits it out into UB, to which they actually distribute. So there’s going to be some loss in your layout that you might have created in doc X now, KPF.

It’s a different type of file that is actually created specifically for KDP. Uh, believe it or not, you can actually get their free software called Kindle create, and that’s a hundred percent free. Uh, but it’s only for KDP. You K’s not gonna work anywhere else. And honestly, I don’t recommend publishing solely to KDP for the long term.

Now, when it comes to distribution, eBooks, go to 13 different Amazon. And this does not mean that it goes beyond any Amazon owned property. So don’t expect to see your ebook being offered anywhere else, unless you publish elsewhere. Now, how much can you make per ebook? Now this, this varies here. This is where it’s gonna get slightly confusing.

I admit to you, and when I say royalty, that is percentage you earn from each sale of your books. This gets confusing, but I. Stick with this here. So they’re gonna pay you 70% royalty or 70% of each sale. If you price your book between 2 99 and 9 99, completely up to you and what you want to charge. Right.

But if it’s anything outside of that, it’s going to be 35%. Eh, here’s the differentiation between the 70% and 35% 70. They pull out a small delivery fee and it ranges based on your file size, but sometimes it’s just completely negligible. Now, when it comes to 35%, you have absolutely no delivery fee. Yeah.

Nice. Right now, keep in mind other platforms like apple Barnes and noble Cobo and Google playbooks. Don’t penalize you for pricing. It’s a flat 70%, regardless of your price point, let’s go ahead and transition over to something called KP select. And that’s an exclusivity agreement that lasts for about 90 days.

And you’re essentially enrolling your ebook in a subscription based program to where customers pay a flat fee to borrow books from this library that you’re enrolled in. And for every page that they read. Flip through, you’re going to get paid about less than half percent. Amazon pays out authors from a pool of money called the KP select global fund.

Now let’s go ahead and put a little bit of context on this one here, because in December of 2021, it was 40.2 million. Now, before I do move over to something else, it’s important to kind of note this. You’re probably saying. Cent per page. How is this worth it? Well, there are other perks of the KDP select program that I’m just gonna briefly touch on.

And one of those includes that you actually get to influence your Amazon bestseller rank. Having a good bestseller rank of course, is going to get you served up to a larger audience. And potentially more readers. That’s kind of an unfair advantage that you get through KDP select. Now there’s also something called the all star bonus program.

Now it’s paid out based on performance in a given region, for instance, in the us, it’s about $500 to $25,000 and that’s each month by the way, folks. And there’s additional bonuses over in UK and Germany. And there’s also a special category. For illustrated kids books. That’s $250 to $2,000. Now you get two promotional tools, the Kindle free book promotion, and the Kindle countdown deal.

Hey, just stick around to the very end and I’ll give you more details about that for now. We’re gonna put a pin in that KP select auto renews unless deselected and it applies. To the ebook version of a given book. In other words, if you have 10 eBooks on there and only one is enrolled that one book is the only one that’s affected by the agreement, and it does not affect the print version and it does not affect the audiobook version it’s exclusivity just for the electronic version of your book.

This means that if you wanna sell your ebook through your website, it’s a no go if you use KDP select. So be very selective. If you. Pun intended. Let’s get in the print books. Now, all print book covers come in Matt or glossy. It’s essentially what you would think it is. Uh, if Matt is kind of a flat surface, glossy is gonna be a shiny surface.

It can be in full color at no extra cost. So whatever you want your cover design to be, you can make it that now there are interior and paper types that we need to account for. You can get black and white interiors with cream or white paper. Premium color interior with white paper. Now keep in mind the premium color interior comes at a higher premium meaning it takes away from your bottom line.

You don’t have to pay more for it. It’s just, it costs more and print fees to actually get it done and fulfilled for the customer. Now for paperback, you get 16 trim sizes. With bleed or no bleed options, bleed means it’s edge to edge graphics. No bleed means it’s restricted to specific margins. And the unique feature that just came out recently was standard color interior with white paper.

This is for paperback books. Only I imagine in due time, hard cover will get this. And speaking of hard cover, it’s currently still in beta, but that’s good. It means it has room for improvement. KDP is continuing to offer more hard cover options. I’m sure in due time, right now they’ve got five trim sizes and they don’t have standard color yet for both print types, you’re going to be getting a file type that’s called PDF.

Avoid any other file type. They might suggest that you could do it, but it just. Absolutely messy. And you’re gonna end up pulling your hair out distribution for print books range based on the type of book you get nine Amazon regions for your paperback book, plus expanded distribution. Now expanded distribution.

it comes at a little bit of a sacrifice in your royalties, and I’ll discuss that in a little bit, but any rate Ingram content group distributes your book to thousands of online retailers and distributor. Off of Amazon’s platform, meaning that unlike the ebook for print book, you can send it elsewhere. So it’s more, uh, I don’t know, universally available.

It does come at a loss in earnings. Now let’s move forward to hard cover options cuz you only get seven regions and they do not have expanded distribution right now. And the two regions that they’re missing is Japan and Australia that paperback already has. Now how much can you make? It’s 60% minus print fees.

The customer pays for this not you. Amazon subtracts their cut before you get your cut and for expanded distribution. You get 40% minus print fees. So it says 60%, it’s 40%. But keep in mind you get off the Amazon platform. Now I’d recommend that you consider going to the source, which is Ingram content group.

They’ve got a company that’s called Ingram spark. They will offer you 45% to 65% minus print fees for your books. I will be having an Ingram spark review video coming out relatively soon, discussing some of those features. Now you’re only credited once the. Ships meaning that a customer could probably order it on Wednesday, but if it’s not fulfilled on print until say next Tuesday, then you’re probably not gonna see that until after Tuesday when they ship the book to the customer.

So how do you get paid? You get paid 60 days after the close of a month. You get direct deposit wire transfer or check. Minimum payment thresholds do apply based on some regions. For instance, us has a hundred dollars and that’s for checks direct deposit. It seems they just go ahead and deposit. Now let’s discuss the pros and cons of Amazon KDP.

The pros include no upfront cost. Great distribution, low barrier of entry. Now the cons include a S steep learning curve requires time and practice and is not an easy model for making money. What are your thoughts about Amazon KDP? Would you recommend anything differently? If so, what would it be? Let me know in the comments and Hey, I told you, I give you a little bit more information about the KDP select program earlier in the video.

So let’s go on over to this very next video. I’ll see you there.

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