KDP JumpStart: A New Resource for Amazon Ebook and Paperback Authors

Recently I got an email about KDP Jumpstart. This is a new training resource for Amazon authors using the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) platform. I thought I would take a look to see what it was all about.

KDP Jumpstart is a section of the KDP Help pages. At the start it says, “New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? We’ve created KDP Jumpstart for authors like you. KDP Jumpstart is a streamlined, sequential approach to the steps required to go from finished manuscript to published book.”

The KDP Jumpstart section is organized in four main categories, as follows:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Book Details
  3. Manuscript and Cover
  4. Rights and Pricing

Each of these categories contains between two and five pages. They provide a concise, step-by-step guide to the topic concerned, with short instructional videos as well as text (see example screen capture below). There are also companion PDFs you can download, which sum up the content in the form of a checklist.

KDP Jumpstart example

An important point is that KDP Jumpstart is based around using Amazon’s new (and free) Kindle Create tool. You can download this via KDP Jumpstart. Both PC and Mac versions are available. I downloaded the PC version and found it easy to install and intuitive to use.

I hadn’t actually seen Kindle Create before, so assume it is fairly new. Essentially, it aims to provide an easy-to-use software tool to format your Kindle e-books and make them look good before uploading them to Amazon. Among other things, it lets you apply enhanced typesetting to make text easier to read, and you can also select from a range of design themes to make your book look more professional.

There is also a Microsoft Word add-on you can download to help format paperback books for KDP. As I wrote in this post a few weeks ago, KDP paperback publishing looks set to replace Amazon’s old CreateSpace print-on-demand publishing service in the fairly near future.

I will look at Kindle Create in more detail in a future post, but my first impression is that it is well worth trying, as it should allow you to create Kindle e-books (and paperbacks) with better, more attractive formatting. A potential drawback may be that you will have to work within the constraints of the software – so if you have very specific formatting needs, it may not be for you.

If you have any comments or questions about KDP Jumpstart (or KDP Create), as always, please do post them below.

 

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