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[How To](Amazon Kindle) E-book Publishing Business-All You Need to Know to Start/ Make Serious Money

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  1. dbk03

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    Yes, there is a link in my signature and, yes, I’m offering a service on BHW which is complementary to this thread. BUT, this is not the first time I am writing an e-book creation guide on this forum (you can check here); decided to start a new one because that thread is old, contains old/ not updated information and since 2014 I have not been able to update it).

    Another reason for which I am starting this thread is that I receive tons of questions from new customers regarding the e-book business (eg: How can I create a new ebook without actually writing it? How can I publish a new book on Kindle? How can I make a book free on Kindle? Why should I make it free since I will lose money? How to get reviews? etc). Since the main object of my sales thread is not related to offering business consulting, I think it is a good idea to address all these questions here so that anyone could understand the e-books business by reading this free guide.

    Now a few words about me and my expertise in this area: I started 3 years ago with the Kindle ebooks. Things went well, I teamed up with a couple of friends and now we have hundreds of books published on this platform. We learned that promoting our books seriously is the key of success in this business. We also offer a service on BHW because we need to diminish the costs associated with our book promotions. I'm not trying to promote my service through this thread, I just want to help the part of BHW community which is interested to find more about this type of business. Furthermore, I might learn new things from other members, as well. End of story.

    What is this thread all about?

    It’s intended to answer the most frequent questions and problems that people are getting when they start to publish e-books or while they are trying to expand this business. Several important steps in this journey will be described here, like:

    1. Is the (Kindle) e-book market saturated?
    2. What type of e-book should I write?
    3. How should I earn from this e-book?
    4. How to create/ get content for your e-book?
    5. Where to publish the e-book?
    6. How to publish the e-book?
    7. How to price the ebook?
    8. How to get reviews for this e-book?
    9. How to promote it?
    10. Where should I promote my e-book?
    11. How to scale up the business

    The a/m questions are the most frequent questions I receive from my customers and partners but I might discuss about other matters (if they come in mind :D). I strongly encourage you guys to post new questions, comments etc. because I would like this thread to contain as much (useful) information as possible.

    Furthermore, I need to add the fact that the information in this thread will be based on my personal experience in this business. I will not re-invent the wheel here…my scope is to gather all the important information in just one thread. All the things that will be posted here can be easily found if you do a good online research but, because I want to ease up things, I will try to gather all this info here.

    So, let's start:

    1. Is the (Kindle) e-book market saturated?

    A very short answer would be ‘Yes and No’. ‘Yes’ because there are millions of e-books being published each year and ‘No’ because there is always need for new e-books.

    For example, let’s take the non-fiction niche. There’s always something new happening in the world. What did we have this year: we had Syria crisis, we had the worldwide fight against t3rr0rism, US Elections, Summer Olympic Games, Hurricane Matthew, Brexit, Zika Virus etc ( and this are just some things that I found on google Trends after a 5 minute research). All these ‘events’ are generating book sales in amount of millions of dollars (just like they generate $$$ for any other type of media.)

    In the fiction niche, we have movies like Fifty Shades of Grey, Hunger Games, Divergent etc. which generate new trends each year. Fiction books that follow these trends are booming: they generate 6-7 figures profit for their authors (entrepreneurs) that take their job seriously.

    There is always a new niche appearing in this market (no matter if we talk about fiction or non-fiction books). So there is always a gap that you could fill in because niches are being born from people’s needs. When people need something, they are ready to pay for it.
    The competition is tough on the e-books market. But, if it wouldn’t be tough it would mean that there is no profit here. For me, a decreasing or inexistent competition is always bad news.

    Furthermore, ‘saturated’ is not synonym with ‘unprofitable’. You can still bank hard from this business. This is a billion dollar market and it’s still growing. Being saturated means that this market needs quality products in order to offer profit. So, if you will start your business in this market right now, you will need to do your homework much better than you would have done it a few years ago. You have to do your research better, you have to estimate a realistic profit figure that each new book will be able to generate, you need to provide quality content and you need to market/ promote seriously, because your competition is quite tough nowadays. Only then you WILL bank hard. Only then you can RINSE & REPEAT.

    2. What type of e-book should I publish?

    If you want to succeed in this business, you need to treat like any other business. Your scope is to make profit out of it. Therefore, you need to find a balance between your skills, your hobbies, the things you are good at and the niches that sell well. If you would like to write about grey ducks (just an example:) )but nobody is interested about them (there is no market), you should find something else. Find something which is complementary and which might sell well. Write about how to grow ducks (again...just an example).

    We always get to this question, whether you’re new or established in this business (actually, if you’re established in this business the question would sound like this: What type of e-book should I publish next?).

    So , is it going to be Fiction or Non-fiction?

    There is no simple answer for this question. There are several things to analyze before deciding if you publish a Fiction or a Non-Fiction book;

    • How will I earn money from this business?

    If your income streams will not be limited to just the sales of your book, you should start thinking about non-fiction niches. That’s because it’s pretty easy to find a non-fiction niche that will allow you to promote other products (and, when saying ‘products’ I am not talking just about physical products; It could mean CPA offers, for example). Furthermore, you have to think about the buyers behaviors, too. People that are looking for buying a non-fiction book, are actually trying to find a solution for a problem. When trying to find a solution for their problem, these people are more oriented towards spending another sum of money on a ‘tool’ that will help them solve their problem. Even if your book itself solve their problem, there might be a ‘tool’ which is solving their problem faster. That ‘tool’ needs to be promoted in your non-fiction book, too.

    Fiction books are not very good for promoting other ‘products’. Although they can offer some good results in this area, too. For example, some erotica book authors are promoting dating websites offers. While people buying erotica might be interested in this type of offers, they are not necessarily in the buying mode when reading an erotica book.

    That’s why non-fiction books are better at promoting other products, when compared to fiction books.

    • Am I good at creating a fiction book? Or I might be better at publishing a non-fiction book…

    Yes, you need to ask yourself this question. But, you must notice that I didn’t use the word ‘write’. I used ‘create’ and ‘publish’. That’s because many of you will just say: ‘If I am not good at writing fiction, I will just hire someone. I just want to know which type of book brings the highest profit. Furthermore, some very big names in this business use ghostwriters’.

    It’s not that simple :D

    We will discuss more about hiring someone to write your book (ghostwriter) but, at this stage, I just want to highlight the fact that you should also have some skills in this area. Okay…you might not be good at writing a 100k erotica book…but you should at least be able to develop a script after which your ghostwriter will actually write your book. You will find out why in the next chapters of this guide.

    The same principle applies to non-fiction books. You need at least to be able to research the niche you’re going to enter and understand its most important principles. Again, more details in the following chapters, where I will detail how to find a good ghostwriter and what to ask from him/ her.

    A few advantages in each genre

    Fiction
    - It pays better (you can price your book higher because you are offering a solution)
    - It could be easier (don’t need imagination, you just have to research)
    - Easier to rank your book (keywords are an important factor, no matter what platform you’ll use to publish your book; non-fiction keywords are very niche oriented, therefore they are easier to find and rank).

    Non-Fiction;
    - While it generally brings less profit in the beginning, establishing yourself as an author could bring a much higher profit (world’s most known writers are in the fiction genre);
    - You can create series of books which will also bring more profit;
    - Bestselling fiction brings more profit compared to bestselling non-fiction
    - You can use your imagination in order to bring profit …so it could be a lot more fun for some people :)


    That’s it for today. I will try to write the next chapters as soon as possible. Would also ask you to come up with new topics from this business and address them here.

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    This is a good post! I have written in both genres and agree. @dbk03 i think you mixed up the last 2 sections with the bullets..it should be non fiction then fiction for the advantages!
     
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    @ CaptainJackSparrow : You are right! Thank you for letting me know about this. So, the advantages of each genre will go like this:

    Non-Fiction
    - It pays better (you can price your book higher because you are offering a solution)
    - It could be easier (don’t need imagination, you just have to research)
    - Easier to rank your book (keywords are an important factor, no matter what platform you’ll use to publish your book; non-fiction keywords are very niche oriented, therefore they are easier to find and rank).

    Fiction;
    - While it generally brings less profit in the beginning, establishing yourself as an author could bring a much higher profit (world’s most known writers are in the fiction genre);
    - You can create series of books which will also bring more profit;
    - Bestselling fiction brings more profit compared to bestselling non-fiction
    - You can use your imagination in order to bring profit …so it could be a lot more fun for some people :)


    Chapter 3. How should I earn from this e-book?



    OK, before answering this question I think we need to find out which are the channels that need to be used in order to sell books.

    The largest platforms that can be used to sell e-books are:

    Amazon Kindle Select (35% royalty if your book is priced lower than $2.99; 70% royalty if your book is priced equal or higher than $2.99)
    Smashwords (60%-85% royalty)
    Kobo (70%-80% royalty)
    Payhip (100% royalty)
    Lulu (90% royalty)
    nookPress (B&N) (40%-65% royalty)
    BookTango (100% royalty)
    Bookbaby (100% royalty)
    Blurb (80% royalty)
    E-Junkie (100% royalty)
    Scribd (80% royalty)
    eBookMall (80% royalty)
    eBookIt (50% royalty)
    ClickBank (50%-90% royalty); only non-fiction books could be published here, especially from the IM area
    Google Play Books (52% royalty)
    iBookStore (Apple’s iOS Books) (70% royalty)
    etc.

    The largest 3 platforms are (in this order) Amazon Kinlde, nookPress (B&N) and iBookStore (Apple’s iOS Books). Of course, the largest one is Amazon’s Kindle, which holds about 70% of the entire e-book market.

    If you decide to publish your e-book on multiple platforms, please check with each of them if their ToS is OK with this. For example, Amazon’s KDP Select doesn’t allow you to do this (the books you publish on this platform cannot be sold or gave away for free in any other place on the web, including your own website; after the first 90 days from your enrollment date you can drop KDP Select and publish your book elsewhere).

    But, since KDP select is the platform that managed to gather the largest community of e-book fans, I will list here the advantages you have from publishing in KDP Select:

    Free Book Promotions: How Will I Earn Money by Making My Book Free?

    While you are not permitted to sell your book, you do have the ability to give your book for free, for a period of max 5 days during each 90 days cycle. Now, most of new authors will freak out and say:

    ‘Why would I give my book for free since my main scope is to earn money from it’?

    There are several reasons for which you would need to make your Kindle book free by using the limited number of free promo days that you are allowed to use:

    a) If more and more people will download your free book, Amazon’s ranking algorithms will understand that your book is really valuable and the platform itself will promote it more aggressively, resulting more sales in the long run;
    b) A higher number of free downloads will also increase your keyword rankings;
    c) It’s an excellent way of getting verified purchase reviews for your book
    d) It’s an excellent way of promoting other books of yours, especially if the book that you give it for free, for a couple of days, is part of a series. That’s because the people that are downloading your book will also look through other books of yours/ other books in your series.
    e) You increase the reputation of your book.

    A very common question that I receive from most of my customers is:

    ‘Do I have to make the book permanently free in order to benefit from this type of promotion?’

    The answer is NO…you don’t have to make it permanently free…actually you cannot make it permanently free because KDP Select doesn’t allow you to do this. We’re talking here about a number of max 5 free promo days that you are allowed to use during each 90 days cycle and that will bring you the benefits that I’ve listed above.

    Kindle Unlimited

    You can enroll your book in Kindle Unlimited and readers which have subscribed to this service will be able to borrow your book instead of buying it. People will still be able to buy your book, but if someone borrows it, you will be paid according to the number of pages each reader has read. The price/ page is low (approx. $0.005) but if you have lengthy book, which keeps the reader hooked, you will earn pretty decent. Some of my books bring more money through KU compared to the standard sales.

    Countdown Deals

    This is another great benefit that the Kindle Platform comes with. If your book is priced equal or higher than $2.99 but not higher than $2.99, you could use the Countdown Deals feature to get the price of your book lower than $2.99 and still maintain the 70% royalty.

    KDP is a multi-national platform

    If you publish on KDP Select, your book will be available in US but also in other countries, as well. You will earn 70% royalty for book sales in these countries: Andorra; Australia (including territories Christmas Island (CX), Cocos Keeling Islands (CC), Heard & McDonald Islands (HM), and Northfolk Island (NF)); Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; France; Great Britain; Guernsey; Germany; Gibraltar; India; Italy; Ireland; Isle of Man; Japan; Jersey; Lichtenstein; Luxembourg; Monaco; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand (including territories Cook Islands (CK), Niue (NU), and Tokelau); San Marino; Switzerland; Spain; United Kingdom; United States; Vatican City.

    From my knowledge, there is no other e-book platform that will offer these advantages to any author. Although, I have to admit that my experience with other platforms than KDP Select is limited.

    OK…now let’s get back to the main question: How will I earn from this e-book?

    When deciding to publishing an e-book, most people think that there is just one way of earning money from it: by selling the book. While this is definitely the main scope of publishing an e-book, don’t think that it’s the only profit stream for many of the authors involved in this business.

    3.1 Sales.
    So, you create an e-book, find a cover, publish the book and get sales. Simple enough, I will not insist on the advantages of these technique because I think they’re pretty obvious

    3.2 Sales & Promotions.
    This is the strategy that will allow you to earn from selling the ebook and will also bring profit from promoting something in your ebook. Things you can promote: different products from which you earn sales commissions, different services, CPA, etc.
    This strategy works best with non-fiction books and it is an excellent way of multiplying your income sources

    3.3 Promotions.
    You will use the ebook only for attracting traffic to the things you are promoting within it. So, for example, your main goal is to attract visitors on a website where you are selling sun glasses. You write an ebook about how to pick the best sun glasses, you place links in it (links that will point towards your website), you upload it on a platform and give it for free. These are usually called permafree (permanently free) books and, obviously, their scope is not to attract profit from direct book sales, but to bring customers on your website. These customers are pretty targeted for your sun glasses e-commerce website, since they’ve searched and downloaded a book that describes how to pick the right pair of sun glasses. You will have high chances of converting the traffic coming from your book into sun glasses orders.
    Unfortunately there is no (legit) way to have a permafree on Amazon KDP. There are reports saying that a trick could do it but I would advise against it. Anyway, I will post it here: Enroll your book in KDP, price it at any price you want, wait 90 days (until you are allowed to leave KDP but still remain on Amazon). Upload it on Smashwords and set the price to free. Alert Amazon that you found this book at a lower price on Smashwords. Amazon will try to match the price, therefore it will be made free.
    As mentioned above, I have never tried this, I don’t know exactly how it works and I would advise you to stay away from this method of keeping a permafree on Amazon. Instead, make it $0.99 and gain some profit from it while attracting targeted traffic, as well.

    3.4 CreateSpace
    CreateSpace is able to work with the strategies mentioned at 3.1 and 3.2. From my experience this is a very good income source. Basically, it allows you to turn your e-book into a physical book. With the standard features (paperback, black and white, 6" x 9" standard size ), you don’t pay anything to have your e-book transformed into a physical book (printed). Although many people are afraid of running through the CreateSpace process of creating physical books, I must say that the ‘guided’ feature makes this process pretty simple and requires minimum effort from the authors’ side. Of course, you will not earn 100% royalty (their royalty calculation system is pretty complicated and I will not describe it here) but I must say that, besides the fact that I get pretty good figures from CreateSpace (physical) books sales, the fact that my Amazon books pages display the possibility of buying the paperback version of my books, makes my customer understand that my books are pretty serious and established. So, I definitely recommend using CreateSpace.
     
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  4. DConny1

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    Very informative! Thank you
     
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    Good info about % royaltie.
     
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    I would also advise turning your ebooks into audiobooks (it's free thru ACX)! Royalty share with narrator gives you 20% of sales of audiobooks!
     
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    I was just looking into this a few days ago. I am certainly tempted to use it.

    Chapter 4. How to create/ get content for your e-book?

    Choosing the niche, the keywords and the optimization strategy.

    Again, you need to treat this like a business and find the right niche for your book. If your ebook is going to target a non-fiction niche I strongly suggest you make some research regarding the market that you’re going to enter. You need to find out if people need the content that you will be providing.
    A simple and effective solution would be to use Google Trends and see if people are interested in your niche. Furthermore, you need to see if your niche is a seasonal or not. Eg: if you are going to write a non-fiction book about how to find the perfect sun-glasses, your book will sell well only during summer.

    Then, you will need to see which the most important keywords for your book are. A free and efficient tool that will help you a lot here is Google Keyword Planner. Sure, your book will not be published on Google, but on Amazon, Smashwords etc. But people are using the same keywords when they are searching on Google, Facebook, Amazon etc. Therefore, any good keyword research tool will give you the best results in this situation, as well.

    You will use the most valuable keywords in your niche for creating the title of your book. Furthermore, you will embed these keywords in the description of your book, too. Needless to say that you will have to create the entire book around these keywords, because, if people are searching for these types of information, there is a high demand on the market for it, and you will want to fill up this demand.

    If you are going to publish a fiction book, the keywords are not so important in which regards the search optimization, but you could also use them in order to see what is the hottest niche/ theme that people are looking for nowadays. Some authors are also taking a peak in the movie industry. The hottest genres in the movie industry are increasing people’s appetite for reading books in the same niche. Another excellent idea is to analyze Amazon Top 100 Paid and identify the genres that sell very well.

    Creating the content.

    Obviously, there are two ways of getting the content

    - You write it yourself.

    If you are in the non-fiction niche, you need to know something about the main theme of your book. That’s because, if you will just do some research on the web and re-write the content you find there, people will rate your book very low. That’s because, before buying a book on Amazon, most people do some research on the internet, too. A good content is the one that gives the solution to a problem which, a normal user, would need to spend at least half an hour of online research. So, make sure that you provide quality information that cannot be found easily on the internet.

    If you will publish a fiction book, you should obviously have some authoring skills. You need to know basic things like: script/ plot creation, characters development etc. Not to mention that the language fluency is a must.

    - You hire a ghostwriter

    Sure, this is the easiest and most effective way of starting or growing your business. But, it’s not so easy as it sounds.

    Non-fiction: again, you need to know something about the main subject of your book. That’s because you will need to give your ghostwriter good indications about the research he/ she will need to do. For my non-fiction books I always prefer to make the entire research and hand it to the ghostwriter so that he/ she could just process it and turn it into good content. Alternatively, you could ask the ghostwriter to do the research but be prepared to pay a higher price because the professionals in this area charge almost double if the research needs to be done by them, as well.

    Fiction. The least thing that you should be able to do is to create a script after which your ghostwriter will develop the whole story. The more detailed the script is, the better your book will be. It would be a plus if you could provide your ghostwriter with some alternative scripts, because depending of how the story is evolving, the main script could need to be altered.

    No matter if you write the content yourself or hire a ghostwriter, a proofread is always recommended!

    Start small with new ghostwriters

    Of course, you could pay the ghostwriter to develop everything from 0. But be prepared to pay top dollar for this. And, be warned, that, in this case, you may end up receiving a book with a script which has been ‘borrowed’ from a well-known movie or another book. You will not get into trouble with it, because a lot of details will be changed, but, of course, your readers will ‘smell’ the borrowed script and they will not be very happy. Their unhappiness will be reflected in their bad reviews. This is also valid for non-fiction-books because there are ghostwriters which will fill your book with a lot of mumbo-jumbos.

    As a rule of thumb, the more expensive a ghostwriter is, the better his/ her service will be. I know ghostwriters who ask for $10 or even $15 per/ 100 words. But, they are able to deliver the next Harry Potter, if needed.
    Of course, not all the ghostwriters with higher rates are good. It’s always a good idea to ask for samples. And, when you first start to work with a new ghostwriter, don’t give him your largest projects. Test him with a smaller project and if he does a good job, increase the dimension of the projects that you send to him/ her.

    Other ways of getting content:

    PLR. But don’t just copy/ paste a PLR. Re-write it before putting it in your book. There have been thousands of reports regarding banned author accounts that used plain PLR content on KDP.
    Your local library. Again, don’t just copy/ paste the content. You will also need to re-write it because most of the ebooks platforms are not tolerating the copyright infringements.

    Book Length

    A decent book has at least 10 k words.
    I prefer to have at least 30k words in a book because this means approx. 100 kindle pages and this is my sweet spot. I noticed that, no matter if it is fiction or non-fiction, a book that has at least 100 pages will sell more copies (it’s a kind of psychological threshold that shows the value of a book).
    I also like to enroll my books in the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library) and I make a decent amount of money from page-reads. In this case lengthy books perform better.
     
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    Brilliant guide dbk03! :D Theres plenty of money to be made with kindle :)
     
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    Kindle is good for passive money if you can create good or useful content. The problem with kindle is the 2 month waiting time to get your money which makes absolutely no sense.
     
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    And how many books have you published and how much money do you make?
     
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    You're right. This is a serious business and not a 'getting rich quick before the it gets spammed to death and dies' type of method. And like any serious business (not 'method'), it does require a bit of investment in the beginning, if you are not ready to write your own book. And this business can be easily scaled up after the first two months.
    Regarding the long waiting period before you get your money: Amazon needs to wait 30 days to see the number of refunds they receive (because you have 30 days to ask for a refund after you bought any kindle ebook). then, they need about 25 days to send the payments.

    Honestly, it's irrelevant how many books I have and how much money do I make. That's because:

    1. I know authors who published one book and earn more money from it than I am earning from 20 books. IT really depends on the book (its niche, quality etc.)
    2. As mentioned in the first post of this thread, I am not alone in this business, I have two partners, we are all seriously involved in this business, we all work on constantly publishing our books, promoting them, scaling up the business and we all split the profit. This is a real business for us and we all split the work and the profit, too.
    3. The books are making lots of money (we drop a book if it doesn't bring at least $500/ month'; that's because it wouldn't be profitable) BUT we also invest a lot of money in them: first, we invest in creating (getting) quality content and then we spend a fortune, on a monthly basis, on promoting these books.

    So, if you want to know exact data about how much each of us earn on a monthly basis from this business, I will honestly tell you that I have to ask my accountant (yes, we are running a legit business, with taxes, invoices, accountant, salaries etc) because I don't really know. I could tell you my salary if you want :D (in my country, even if you are the owner of a business, you must have a salary and pay taxes like any other employee; then, once a year, you are able to withdraw the revenue that your company has generated during the last financial year...and pay taxes on it, too).
    All I can tell you is that this business brings more money than any other decent 9-5 job would be able to bring me. BUT, there are months when we are losing money. We know that, we want it that way...because when we release a batch of 15-20 ebooks, we spend a fortune promoting them (and we also released the Kindle service on BHW because we need to diminish these costs). Also, there are months that generate a lot of revenue.


    I would certainly appreciate if you could avoid questions like this because they are irrelevant and they don't bring anything constructive to this guide. Everybody is able to come on BHW and say that they are earning millions of $$$. The truth is in the knowledge that one person is able to deliver...not in an edited image.
    Another similar question would be related to proofs. Besides the fact that anybody can photoshop a picture so that it could result that he/ she sold 10k books that cost $2.99 and earned $29.9k (just an example), I would need to provide you some data from my accountant, because only that data would show how much money we earned during a month, how much money we've spent and how much money are left :). And this is not going to happen on a public forum :D
     
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    Chapter5. Where to publish the e-book?

    We have a few very interesting options here and I’m sure that they will be able to satisfy the needs of very type of author.

    Amazon KDP

    Of course, Amazon Kindle Select is the largest ebook market, with millions of customers and millions of books already published, as well. Besides the fact that almost every type of book from every type of niche will sell well here (benefitting from special features like free book promotion, countdown deals etc.), KDP comes with a lot of features that will allow indie authors to publish their books with minimum efforts and technical knowledge (cover creator; emulator so that you could see how your pagination works on different devices etc).
    However, please don’t forget that any book that has been enrolled in KDP Select cannot be published and distributed in any other place.

    Smashwords

    Smashword is one of the world’s largest ebooks distributors. Between their distribution partners we can find platforms like Kobo, iBookstore, Nook, Scribd etc. So, in order to sell on these platforms, you will not have to upload your book on each of these platforms because Smashwords will do this job for you. Consolidated sales information from each of these venues will be provided in one place, as well. The royalties when books are being sold through Smashwords’ retailers are 60% of the list price. 80% is the royalty when the book sale happen directly on the Smashwords platform.

    Bookbaby

    Bookbaby. Like Smashwords, will be able to distribute your ebook on several platforms (Kobo, Nook, iBookstore and Amazon, too). They have a lot of options that make the publishing work and easy job but you should know that you would have to pay for most of its features.

    Blurb

    Its online tools make the design-heavy ebooks a pleasure to work with. Blurb is the best choice if you will publish a cookbook or kids (animated) book. The worst part is that you will be able to sell these books only on their online store or via iBookstore. No other platforms are being used for the distribution of your book, if you’ll choose Blurb.

    iBooks Author

    This will be used in order to publish your ebook in the Apple’s iBookstore. They do offer some very interesting templates that will make your formatting work quite easy but you have to know that the author registration process is a bit more complicated compared to other platforms (authors need to fill out the Paid Books Account Application, which will be manually reviewed during the next two business days; if accepted, an author will have to download a ‘delivery application’ which will allow him/ her to deliver the book; furthermore, authors need to have an Apple ID and a valid credit card in order to be able to publish ebooks on this platform).

    As mentioned before, I have only used Amazon KDP Select as it has the largest readers base and it is also very easy to work with. If you don’t really want to enroll the ebook in the KDP Select program, I would suggest you to use Smashwords, which, in my opinion, ranks on the second sport after KDP when it comes to market share and revenue.
     
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    dbk03 thank you so much for the efforts here, much appreciated. Just one question: Do you think I can achieve any success with my poor English? Can I count on more expensive ghost riders + proofread? Do I need to edit or rewrite the content?
     
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    @dbk03

    Thanks a lot so far. Have you already finished up the post?

    I couldn´t find it...
     
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    Thanks, this is a really useful thread.
     
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    I think it's very important to produce good quality content. Therefore, if your English is poor, you should use native speaker ghost riders.

    Will continue the guide with a new post during the coming days/ week.

    I am glad you like it.