I see this question asked a lot “out there,” especially for Canada. You see, as I’ve mentioned in other posts, Amazon.ca is a scaled down version of Amazon.com. If you want to publish to the Kindle and go to Amazon.ca, you won’t find what you’re looking for.
To publish to the Kindle, you must use Amazon’s DTP Platform. If you have an Amazon account, you’re already registered. If not, it’s easy to sign up.
Read the Get Started and FAQs sections. If you run into a problem, check the forums, which contain useful information.
The process goes something like this:
- You provide your publisher information (name, address, how you want to be paid, etc.).
- You provide information about your book.
- You upload your book. Amazon says it prefers HTML, but it will also take other file types: Word (.doc), MOBI, PDF, TXT. Unless you upload a MOBI file, it will convert your file to a format the Kindle can use. You can look at the results of the conversion and tweak, if necessary. You’ll find guidance in the FAQs and forums if you need help. If you upload a MOBI file, you’re not offered the chance to tweak since no conversion is necessary, so make sure it looks all right before you upload it.
- It’ll say that your book will go live in 48-72 hours, but it can take longer. You’ll probably receive an email from Amazon asking you to verify that you have the rights to sell the book. Your book won’t go live until you provide the information they requested.
- Your book is live!
Happy Kindle publishing!
If you’re Canadian and want to self-publish your book, but you don’t know where to start or you’re trying to piece it all together, check out my comprehensive Self-Publishing for Canadians book.