Learn about what an ISBN is, when you would need to get one, and how to do so.
- [Instructor] Now that your ebook is done and you have a ISBN number if you so chose to create one, and it's valid and it works on the ebook devices that you've tested it on, it's ready to upload. In this video, I want to show how you create a Publisher Account for Kindle and for the iBookstore. They're actually pretty simple, but just to go through. First of all, go to KDP.Amazon.com. It filled in English US for me, I guess. And log in. Now all you need is your Amazon login, but I suggest that if you already have an Amazon login to create another Amazon account using a different email address to keep your publishing business separate from your purchasing business.
I just think it's a better idea all the way around. Now I am going to sign in. It already recognizes me. And once you sign in, you're brought to the KDP Dashboard, where you can see Reports on how your sales are going. You can see, right now we're on our Bookshelf, which is a list of all of our books that are for sale or in draft mode. And then a couple other things like Community, which are the forums of other people who are uploading to KDP, and it's a great community. I actually brought it up already over here. Look at this, over a million views for Account Issues.
And Japanese and all sorts of different languages. But go to General Questions or one of these guys to post your questions about uploading. And there are some really helpful volunteer users here who are answering a ton of questions. Very seldom does someone from the Kindle group actually come here. Normally you're talking with other expert users, so it's a wonderful resource. Anyway, so back here. I think I showed this in the Kindle chapter already, but essentially from the Dashboard you say I want to create a Kindle ebook.
And then it steps you through a wizard is what they call it, where you just fill in the information you need to fill in. And then when you're done and it's all filled in correctly, then you click Save and Continue and so on. And if you don't have all the information, like you don't have a description yet but everything else is ready, you can just click Save as Draft, which is what I've done for the first couple test books that I've put up here. These are both drafts. And then I can continue setup if I want. I'm not going to go all the way through to publishing a book because there are a couple other titles here that show that, or it is something that is so simple that you can do it on your own.
But essentially that's how you set up your account, and that's how you get your book onto the Kindle Store. Now I also want to mention, I have this queued up that there's another support for Kindle users. Sometimes this guy can be a little overwhelming. MobileRead.com, which I've mentioned before, has a great community of forums. And when I talked about Sigil, I talked about the Sigil support forum. If you go to Forums here, they have forums for people who are, this is just for readers. People are trying to figure out their Kindle. But if you scroll down, there are forums for people who are trying to export to the Kindle format and having issues.
So check that out as well. Now to get your book on the iBookstore, you have to create an iTunes Connect account for iBooks. And I have the URL here. This is the application. Essentially, it's the same as KDP. You need an Apple ID, which is free, and your password. If you want, you might want to create a separate Apple ID just for things having to do with the iBookstore. And you have to say that you're authorized to sign for the entity. So if you're working for a company, then you have to be somebody who's authorized to sign because there's some legal documents they want you to sign.
And I've already logged in. And here I am at the iTunes Connect Dashboard. So here's a listing of all the books that you've published, and reports on how well they're doing. If you want to have other people log into this account to do stuff, then you can set them up and assign privileges to them. These are the legal documents I referred to, so agreements, taxes. Because if you're in the US, for example, they want to be able to report to the Internal Revenue Service how much you've made in your ebook sales. Tickets means, they don't give you Broadway tickets.
No, that's not what it's talking about. If there's an issue with the ebook that you've uploaded, they will issue a ticket, a trouble ticket and tell you what's wrong. So any tickets that you've received will appear here, and then you can reply and fix the book and re-upload it. But the best part, other than sales and trends and how much money you're making, is this right here, Resources and Help. So if you click here, this is where you'll find the Getting Started step-by-step. Kind of strange it's buried here on the second page of the Dashboard. Also, helpful videos, and down here the all-important Guides.
These are the publishing guides that you need to follow so that you don't end up with a ticket from the iBookstore. Very useful information here. You may be asking, well then, where do I upload the book, though? Well, you need a separate program for that. Kind of weird, but it's true. It's called iTunes Producer. So to get to iTunes Producer, you have to have an iTunes Connect account, you have to log in, you have to make your way here. Remember, we chose Resources and Help. They should just have the app right here, I think. And then download iTunes Producer.
Now, I already have it downloaded and it's running, so let me jump to it. And this is what it looks like. So here it's say, do you have a book or a textbook? Because they go in two different categories in the iBookstore. And when I have a book, I choose that one. And now this is kind of familiar, right? It's kind of like what Kindle does. Who's the author and what's the description? Do you have an ISBN number? It's further down, right here, optional. You'll need a JPEG for the cover, and you drag your cover art here. You know how when you're looking at a book, it shows interior screenshots? This is where you drag your screenshots.
And if you're wondering, how do I make these screenshots, what size should they be? They're all in those publisher guidelines back in the Dashboard right here. Okay, so it's pretty simple to create a free account on Amazon's KDP portal and on Apple's iTunes Connect portal.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author