Can I publish a paperback version through KDP as well?
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to publish their books in digital format. But did you know that you can also publish a paperback version of your book through KDP? In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of publishing a paperback book through KDP.
The benefits of publishing a paperback book
There are a number of benefits to publishing a paperback book through KDP. First, paperback books are more affordable than hardcover books, so they’re more accessible to a wider range of readers. Second, paperback books are easier to carry around than hardcover books, so they’re more convenient for readers to read on the go. Third, paperback books are often more popular than hardcover books, so you’re more likely to reach a wider audience if you publish your book in paperback.
The steps involved in publishing a paperback book through KDP
To publish a paperback book through KDP, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Create a KDP account.
- Upload your book manuscript in a .docx or .pdf format.
- Choose a paperback cover design.
- Set your paperback price.
- Set your paperback distribution options.
- Publish your paperback book.
We’ll go into more detail on each of these steps below.
Creating a KDP account
The first step to publishing a paperback book through KDP is to create a KDP account. You can do this by visiting the KDP website and clicking on the “Create a KDP account” link. Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to log in and start uploading your book manuscript.
Uploading your book manuscript
The next step is to upload your book manuscript in a .docx or .pdf format. KDP accepts manuscripts in a variety of formats, but these two formats are the most common. When you upload your manuscript, you’ll need to provide a title, a description, and a few keywords. You’ll also need to choose a category for your book.
Choosing a paperback cover design
The next step is to choose a paperback cover design. You can either create your own cover design or use one of the free KDP cover templates. If you’re not sure how to create a cover design, KDP has a helpful guide that you can follow.
Setting your paperback price
The next step is to set your paperback price. KDP allows you to set your own paperback price, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll need to make sure that your paperback price is competitive with other books in your genre. Second, you’ll need to factor in the cost of printing and shipping your book.
Setting your paperback distribution options
The next step is to set your paperback distribution options. KDP offers a variety of distribution options, including:
- Kindle Unlimited
- KDP Select
- Other retailers
You can choose to distribute your paperback book to all of these channels, or you can choose to only distribute it to a select few.
Publishing your paperback book
Once you’ve completed all of the steps above, you can publish your paperback book. When you publish your book, it will be available for sale on Amazon.com and other retailers within 24-48 hours.
Once you’ve published your paperback book, you’ll need to promote it to potential readers. Here are a few tips for promoting your paperback book: