Indie Publishing Glossary

questionstickmanIndie Publishing Glossary

One of these days I’ll get around to putting these in alphabetical order. For the sake of getting something up fast, I’ll just tap out a couple of immediate definitions and then get back to work. I’ll add more as questions come up.

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) The Amazon platform for authors. Using KDP you can publish your eBooks directly to Amazon stores worldwide. It’s user-friendly and there is plenty of advice about how to do it here:

KDP Select You can sign up for Select when you publish your book. This means that you can’t publish your books anywhere else (including your own website) for the 3 months you’re in the program. You can renew for another period when it finishes. If you sign up for Select, you can offer your book free for up to 5 days during the three month period (any combination of 5 days spread throughout that time) and you can offer a Countdown deal (encourage people to buy before the price goes up). Select members can now add their books to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) and you get paid out of a global fund for each book borrowed that is read past the 10% mark. (As I write this – June 2015 – the previous month’s per-book-borrowed rate was $1.30-ish.) This is about to change (I’ll update this later): Amazon has decided that a fairer system would be to award payments to authors on the basis of pages read, since story length can range from a very short story to a long novel. Get more information here:


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