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Technical Journal: Publish your own book on Kindle - India Reality Times
If you have always wanted to publish your own book, you can use the possibility of self-publication in electronic form. It was my intention to put these "pearls of the Internet" in a book of references and I had two options: Either I could go the old-fashioned way and make a printed copy of the book, or use the other, less complex way of self-publishing in it.
Publish where? eBooks are published and distributed on several different plattforms. Of course, Amazon's Kindle Shop is the most loved, but there is also Apple's iBookstore, Barnes & Noble's NOOK Shop and the Sony Reader Shop, among others. iBookstore needs a US Tax ID for global publisher, but you can still have your book cataloged to Apple's Market Place through third parties such as Lulu or Smashwords, which receive a per-sell comission.
iBookstore isn't yet widespread in India - for example, you can only get free copies of the iBooks application, but none of the purchased title is available. Kindle, on the other side, is truly comprehensive and provides read applications for all operating systems, so even non-kindle readers can experience the book on their desktop and cell phone.
I' ve chosen the Kindle Way. The preparation of the book is simple with popular utilities like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It' like when you write a normal paper, but don't use complicated style. Adhere to popular typefaces such as Arial or Times New Roman, do not try experimenting with color, keep your pictures centred (do not center them either to the right or left), and do not include header or footer as they are not included in Kindle.
When your work is finished, please download it in HTML code (Word provides this option) and then use the free Mobipocket Creator utility to turn your work into a Kindle workbook. It is also recommended that you make a 600×800 picture to be used as a bookover. Please keep in mind to use large typefaces, because the Amazon Shop only displays a miniature picture of the book covers and the book titles should still be legible at this smaller scale.
The next step is to test the eBook design. When you have a Kindle unit, you can easily submit the files to your Kindle e-mail account or upload them by hand using a standard serial port wired via your Kindle e-mail as well. You can also use the Kindle Previewer application to test the eBook on your desk top. When it looks good, it's a good idea to press the Publish Buttons.
From kdp.amazon.com, log in with your Amazon login information and load the eBook archives (if your book has pictures, put everything in a zipper: ) You need to specify the cost of your book at this time: Amazons will give you 70% if the cost of your book is $2. 99 or higher, but for anything less expensive, the license fee is only 35%.
While the entire work flow is very easy to use, it's a disappointment that Amazon is charging a $2 Whispernet fee to global clients, even if they use Wi-Fi (and not 3G) to load the book. So, if you have adjusted the book cost at $2. 99, buyers outside the US would have to shell out $4. 99, which is a mute for cheaper books. ÿ If you have adjusted the book cost at $2. 99, that is...
The first time I posted the rough data on Kindle Publishing, it took a few long sessions until the book appeared in Amazon's shop (someone probably checks the book by hand, but the download is really fast.) I made a few fixes, reloaded the book, and the update was also available in an hours or two.
Agarwal is writing a technical blogs and recently released The Most Useful Websites, an e-book for the Kindle.