Kindle Direct Publisher News

KDP News for September

Introducing KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

We are excited to announce KDP Kids, designed to help KDP children’s book authors prepare, publish, and promote their children’s books in Kindle Stores worldwide. The Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is a downloadable tool that helps authors create illustrated children’s books and take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups. With this tool, you can convert individual illustrations into interactive Kindle books that work across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Learn more about publishing children’s books on KDP.


KDP Select News

We have continued to see significant early trial response from customers to Kindle Unlimited (KU). Similar to what we’ve done in the past around holiday spikes in borrowing activity, we are adding a bonus of $2.7 million for August on top of the regular base fund amount of $2 million.

To further highlight the KDP Select (KDPS) books and authors that are most popular with customers, we are introducing a new element to the program: “KDP Select All-Stars.” Based on what KDPS titles are being read the most during the month, we will identify each All-Star author and title on each applicable KDPS title’s detail page. In addition, KDP Select All-Stars will earn financial bonuses paid separately from the $2.7 million bonus. Anyone with titles in KDPS–even a debut author with a single title–can qualify if his or her work becomes a customer favorite.

For August, we will pay out All-Star bonuses to the top 100 most-read authors and, separately, the top 100 most-read titles. We will calculate ‘most-read’ by combining books sold plus qualified borrows from KU and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) during the month. Calculations only include sales and qualified borrows for titles enrolled in KDPS. Recipients will be contacted in the next few days.

The top 100 most-read KDPS authors will each be awarded the following amounts:

  • Authors 1 through 10 will receive $25,000
  • Authors 11 through 20 will receive $10,000
  • Authors 21 through 30 will receive $5,000
  • Authors 31 through 50 will receive $2,500
  • Authors 51 through 100 will receive $1,000

Authors of the top 100 KDPS titles will each earn the following amounts:

  • Titles 1 through 10 will receive $2,500
  • Titles 11 through 50 will receive $1,000
  • Titles 51 through 100 will receive $500

Denoting All-Stars on detail pages is a new element of KDPS, and we expect our approach to this will evolve over time. We hope it adds a little fun and adventure to the program!

Finally, many authors outside the U.S. derive most of their qualified borrows from KOLL and have not been able to benefit from the growth of KU. This has meaningfully altered their ability to compete within the wider pool of KDPS loans. To adjust for this, we are adding an additional bonus of $80,000 to be paid out on all KOLL loans outside of the U.S.

Visit your Bookshelf to enroll your books in KDP Select, or if you are already enrolled, visit your royalty report to see your results. If you’d like to learn more, visit KDP Select.


Viewing Sales and Royalty Reports for all Marketplaces

There are six types of reports available in your KDP account, along with a Sales Dashboard that summarizes orders and royalties in one view. When viewing these reports, only your home Marketplace will show by default. To find other royalties for other marketplaces, you need to select each marketplace one-by-one using the drop-down menu.

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