Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is one of the easiest ways to self-publish your first book. Designed as a linear experience, once you establish your account, the platform leads you step-by-step through the publishing process from start to finish. Occasionally, you might need to pause to research a question, but the linked Amazon KDP Community makes it easy to seek clarification. This tutorial is for the author wanting to create an Amazon KDP account.
Step 1: Type "Amazon KDP" into your search engine, and click the link "Amazon KDP - Amazon.com."
Step 2: Select your method of registration. You have two options. The first, is to use your credentials, for purchasing items from Amazon, by selecting "Sign in." The second, is to create unique credentials for KDP by selecting "Sign up." Regardless the method for logging in, you still need to complete forms associated with your Kindle Direct Publishing account.
Step 3: Once you login, the the first page you see is Kindle Direct's Publishing platform. You will not be able to publish until you establish your legal identity. Amazon requires you provide a Tax ID for tax reporting purposes, but take time to explore the platform to become familiar with its features. Remember, Amazon KDP is a linear process. It will not allow you to publish until the system clears your account.
A Nice Feature: One of the things making Amazon KDP a great platform is the community forum. Chances are others had, or have, the same question you do. So feel free to browse the posts and ask your question if none yield a result.
Simple eBook Publishing: Years ago, an author wanting to publish an eBook on Amazon had to use a program like SIGIL to produce an EPUB file and next open KindleGen to convert the EPUB to Amazon's proprietary eBook format. Even for tech-savvy persons it proved a laborious experience. Fortunately, Amazon made the process simpler by introducing the Kindle Create platform. This platform allows the author to create a Kindle compatible eBook by uploading. The only drawback is it requires the installation of Amazon software on your computer.