Amazon is opening up the UK Kindle Store from today, so wannabe authors can try and make a buck for themselves. The Kindle Digital Text Platform uploads a book to the store "in minutes," allowing authors to become self-publishers.
LUXEMBOURG – 16th August 2010 – Amazon.co.uk today announced that publishers and authors worldwide are now able to upload and make their books available in the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store using the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform. The Kindle Digital Text Platform (http://dtp.amazon.co.uk) is a fast and easy tool which allows publishers and authors to add their books and start selling in the new UK Kindle Store in minutes. Books that are uploaded to the UK Kindle Store are available to UK customers via Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac and Android-based devices.
"Publishers and authors can now take advantage of the Kindle Digital Text Platform and make their books available to the millions of customers that visit Amazon.co.uk," said Greg Greeley, Amazon Vice President, European Retail. "Sales of Kindle books in the US continue to rise and we are now selling more Kindle books than hardcovers. We expect to see a similar pattern in the UK with publishers and authors benefitting from greatly increased sales as a result of adding their titles to the new Kindle Store via the Kindle Digital Text Platform."
Amazon recently made improvements to the Digital Text Platform such as a more intuitive ‘Bookshelf' feature and a simplified process for publishing. Additionally, publishers and authors can upload and make available their books in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. They are also able to set the digital list price for their titles on Amazon.co.uk in pound sterling.
Publishers that hold publishing rights for the UK and related territories will earn a 35% royalty for sales made on Amazon.co.uk. For sales made in the US via Amazon.com, publishers can take advantage of a 70% royalty option. In the future, Amazon intends to make the 70% royalty option available for UK sales as well.