Welcome to Our Technical Support Page
A guide to our most frequently asked questions
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KDP-Specific Technical Support
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has many great resources for publishing your book. You can search for a topic here: KDP Help Center. Here are the most asked questions we receive and direct links for where to find the answers.
A typical book has a trim size between 5" x 8" and 6" x 9". Books with a high word count benefit from a 6" x 9" trim size to keep the page count manageable. Books with a low word count benefit from a smaller trim size. Many of these formatting decisions really are up to you and how you would like your finished product to be presented. For more information on trim sizes for Amazon KDP, please see this link.
Please note that some trim sizes will limit KDP distribution. For more information, please see this link.
Expanded distribution is available for paperback and hardback books. It allows your book to be purchased other places, like Barnes & Noble. To enroll, be sure to check the box to the right of your price when uploading your files. Books sold through expanded distribution will receive 40 percent of the royalty rather than 60 percent. For more information on expanded distribution, please see this link.
For the most up-to-date information, we recommend reading KDP's information page.
KDP Select may be best for authors who require or desire the following:
- availability of the ebook in foreign markets,
- promotional tools and resources for sales/giveaways, or
- opening your book up to a new market of readers.
Things to consider:
Enrolling in KDP Select automatically makes your book available for Kindle Unlimited, a subscription service for readers. Royalties are set up differently, and you are paid per page read from the KDP Select Global Fund. The amount per page can vary, but it tends to be about $0.005 per page.
Enrolling in KDP Select requires that your book remain exclusive to KDP for 90 days. This does not apply to other versions of your book. If you enroll, your book is still available for sale to those who do not have Kindle Unlimited.
We recommend using the Digital Rights Management offered by Amazon KDP for ebooks. DRM is intended to inhibit unauthorized access to or copying of digital content files. Some authors want the protection that DRM offers; others want readers to share their work so they can reach a wider audience and choose not to enable DRM. DRM is a one-time offer and can't be changed after you publish.
We’ll give you all the tools you need to publish to KDP! Alternatively, if you’d like for us to upload for you, please discuss this with your publishing consultant as an add-on service to your package to see if you qualify.
Have more questions? We're happy to help! Just provide us with a few details, and we'll get back to you within one business day.