It is hard to keep track of all Amazon KDP Updates
Changes are always happening, so here is a roundup of the most important new KDP options and features.
You might not need or want to use all of these, but it is always better to keep up to date with changes in KDP publishing.
Disappearing Kindle Ebooks
Many authors are finding that the Kindle version of their books is showing as not available on Amazon.
You should check if your books are affected by this notice:
This title is not currently available for purchase
You can read more about this problem in this article by The Digital Reader.
If you are affected, you can try to republish your book with a minor edit, or contact Amazon.
Amazon is aware of the problem and it has opened a page for updates regarding the issue.
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Kindle Create adds new image formatting features
A new image placement and sizing features in Kindle Create 1.12 that allows you to insert, place, and resize images in the way that best suits your eBook.
You can also try out a new Early Access image bleed feature that enhances the Kindle reading experience by extending images to the edge of device screens.
CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service
Amazon has announced that it officially merging all of Createspace’s activities with KDP. Books that are currently with Createspace will be moved automatically to KDP.
For authors who are still with CSP will now be paid by KDP.
Payments will change as CreateSpace pays monthly royalties 30 days after the end of the month in which they were earned while KDP pays monthly royalties approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned.
You can check the FAQ page for more details.
Now you can buy and gift multiple Kindle ebooks
Until now, you could only send one Kindle ebook at a time as a gift. But now you can easily order multiple copies.
Multiple gifting is another way to promote your ebooks, for perhaps a social media giveaway, or to offer copies to your subscribers. But at full price, it is not very cost effective.
You can find the multiple purchase option below the price box on your sales page.
Note: This feature is only currently available for US users on Amazon.com, as usual. But hopefully, it will be available for international KDP publishers soon.
Get early access to new Kindle Create features
If you want to try out new beta features in Kindle Create, there is an opt-in screen when you update to version 1.7. There is an option to opt-out if you have any difficulties, so it seems failsafe.
A new beta feature to position and resize images might be useful. There is also a new option to import pdf files for comics, but it is only available on the Windows version at present.
KDP now offers expanded distribution to bookstores
It seems that most of the Createspace options are now being offered by KDP.
Expanded distribution allows your books to be ordered by other online retailers, bookstores, and distributors.
From my experience with Createspace and expanded distribution, it is probably not going to amount to much. Well, unless you suddenly achieve celebrity status and people rush off to their local bookshop to order a copy of your book.
The royalty rate for this option is 40% of the list price less printing cost.
There are some improvements in Kindle image quality
KDP used to down-scale images in Kindle ebooks, which sometimes adversely affected how images appeared after publishing.
Now you can expect much better quality because KDP has updated its file conversion process so that your images will not be affected by down-scaling.
But, if you have already published an ebook, you will have to upload your file again for your images to be enhanced.
Take careful note though, that delivery charges for a Kindle ebook with a large file size can quickly eat away at your royalty on the 70% tier.
New help page to format a paperback manuscript in Word
Another transfer from Createspace perhaps is this how-to guide for formatting a paperback manuscript.
The guide is comprehensive, and it should be of tremendous benefit to new authors.
It is categorised into various sections of a book, and each topic is marked as basic or advanced.
Many sections also have quick video tutorials, such as this one for example.
Avoid a new fee by changing from check to EFT
This is not quite a new feature; it is a new penalty.
But it is wrapped in gloss by announcing that you can receive your royalty payment faster.
What it means is that if you are currently being paid by check, and EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) is available where you reside, you will be now charged $8.00, £8.00 or € 8.00 for your check.
For authors in countries where EFT is not available, it would seem that this extra fee will not apply.
More updates to come on this page, as an when they happen.