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How Creators Can Take Advantage of Amazon KDP

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How Creators Can Take Advantage of Amazon KDP

Creators are always looking for ways to diversify their income. There’s an easy way to make extra cash using Amazon creatively. Amazon has a free platform that allows anyone to self-publish books for free. Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP for short, allows the self-publishing of paperbacks, hardcovers, and E-books to Amazon. 

If you’re a creator who aspires to publish your own book, self-publishing to Amazon is definitely for you. Self-publishing to Amazon is a way to get your name out there and build a passive income stream simultaneously. If writing and self-publishing a book isn’t something you’re interested in doing, keep reading because you can still benefit from KDP. This blog post will cover how creators can take advantage of Amazon KDP.

How it works

Amazon KDP is completely free to join. Once you sign up, you’ll set up all the requirements so that you can be paid. After that, you’re free to publish your first book. Anytime someone purchases your book, Amazon will handle the book’s printing, packing, and shipping directly to the customer. Then, you’ll earn a royalty for the sale of the book. Amazon pays royalties out to their publishers once per month. That is why this is such an amazing side income. You create once and sell forever without touching a single book.

Different types of books

Amazon KDP is best for self-publishing non-fiction paperbacks and E-books. However, you can publish and profit from many other types of books. If you’re not interested in writing or publishing a book, there’s another way you can benefit from KDP. That is by publishing low-content books.

Low-content books are classified as books with little to no content inside. Think journals, planners, coloring books, puzzles, etc. These all classify as low-content books. So many other types of books are considered low content, but these are the most common types. There are infinite low-content book ideas that you can create to sell on Amazon. Here are a few ideas:

  • Wedding planning book
  • Recipe book
  • Fitness tracker
  • Gratitude journal

How to create these books

Creating these types of books is really easy. Of course, you can always outsource the work. However, if you want to do this yourself, you totally can.

You need a book cover design and a manuscript, which is the inside of your book. Canva is the best platform to use when designing your book. Amazon even offers cover templates to help you with the process.

Once you’ve got both your cover and interior files that make up your book, you’ll then upload both files to Amazon KDP. Once you’ve uploaded the book, you’ll go through an approval process than can take up to 72 hours. After your book is approved, it will be available across all of Amazon’s marketplaces, and you’ll earn a royalty anytime someone purchases your book.

Benefits of using KDP

Besides this being such a fun, simple way to show your creativity and make passive income, there are some additional perks to self-publishing on Amazon:

  • The platform is free
  • It’s easy to get started
  • You can do this from anywhere
  • Create once, sell forever
  • Amazon does all of the heavy lifting
  • Your book(s) will be available on the world’s largest online marketplace
  • No marketing required because Amazon already has the traffic
  • You get to learn a new skill
  • You have a creative outlet

Final Thoughts

The best thing about self-publishing to Amazon is that anyone can do it. You don’t need any special skills or requirements to get started and see results. You can do this part-time or turn it into a full-time gig. The sky is truly the limit.


So, are you convinced to take the plunge and start self-publishing books on Amazon? Leave a comment below!

Briana is a published author and professional content writer specializing in long-form blog content. The wife & mom's work has been featured on Newsbreak, Her View From Home, and Thought Catalog. When she’s not churning out content, you can find her sipping a glass of wine, cozying up w/ a book, or binge-watching a new Netflix series.

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