Draft2Digital is proud to have Amazon in our ever-growing catalog of distributors. With Amazon’s Kindle platform, authors can distribute eBooks to dozens of international markets, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and more.
Readers who purchase eBooks from Amazon read them on either a Kindle device, or on a smartphone or tablet using the free Kindle app. The Kindle platform uses a proprietary format, a MOBI file, that can only be read on a Kindle device or app. Draft2Digital has always offered MOBI formatting as part of our free eBook conversion tool, and our conversion produces one of the cleanest and most problem-free MOBI files around! So we’re already ahead of the curve on supporting Kindle readers.
Amazon’s KDP Select program is focused on exclusive distribution to its Kindle platform——it offers certain perks, such as being paid by “Normalized Page Reads” (as well as for individual book sales) in exchange for authors agreeing to exclusive distribution through Amazon. KDP Select also feeds into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which allows readers to download eBooks from participating authors, as part of a monthly subscription.
In order to benefit from being included in the Kindle Unlimited library, and to receive payments based on normalized page reads, KDP Select requires authors to enroll a book for distribution exclusively with Amazon’s Kindle platform, for a minimum of 90 days.
By our very nature, Draft2Digital is a wide distribution platform, meaning we do not require authors to distribute to any given vendor. Authors maintain complete freedom to add or remove their books to D2D at will, keeping all their rights, and any royalties due from sales. D2D authors can distribute to any or all of our distribution channels, including Amazon’s Kindle platform, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and more—or choose only one or two distribution channels at will.
Because D2D focuses on wide distribution, authors distributing to Amazon through our platform will not be able to participate in the KDP Select program. In simplest terms, the only way to earn money from Amazon’s Kindle platform, when distributing through Draft2Digital, is for someone to purchase a copy of your eBook.
This is identical to the earning potential you have with other D2D distributors, and you maintain all rights and all the freedom to choose where your book is sold.
We are unable to support free pricing direct to Amazon. If you set your book’s price to free, it will be submitted to Amazon for 99 cents. Amazon may price-match to free, to bring prices in line with other vendors.
This does not affect your free pricing on other platforms. Books priced for free on other platforms, where allowed, will retain their price of $0.00, unless you specifically change the price.
In addition, we can only submit books that meet certain minimum pricing for files sizes: $0.99 up to 3MB, $1.99 for 3MB to 10MB, and $2.99 for 10MB or greater.
Your sales at Amazon may pay different royalties depending on the digital book price you select:
D2D pays 51% royalty for Andorra, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Spain, and Switzerland.
Due to conflicts in the requirements of various eBook distributors, Draft2Digital is currently unable to offer preorders for Amazon Kindle. You may still make your book available for preorder through Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Tolino, and Overdrive, using the “Release Date” from your book’s Details page. We are continuing to work toward the ability to add preorders for Amazon, and will update you when that functionality is added.
We are happy to offer new channels for distribution to our authors, providing the opportunity to distribute to Amazon’s Kindle platform and our other great distribution partners, while keeping track of sales and royalties using D2D’s beautiful and easy-to-read sales dashboard. It’s just one more way we’re working to bring your books to a bigger global audience.