Last night, I tried to sort out The Snow Killer for upload to Kindle, through Kindle Direct Publishing. For anyone thinking about using Kindle, I will be blogging about my experience with Kindle.
They have a cover creator, which is really good. You can mess around with fonts and colours, images (if you don't have a specific one) for your cover.
Everything is saved onto your account with KDP, which saves computer space.
PROBLEM ONE: Text Layout
Text layout was a real issue when trying to upload the book: you have to have everything in one document, and things like dedications, etc. all end up on one page.
TIP: put each new part, i.e. Chapters, or headings, on a new page (if you are using Word).
PROBLEM TWO: Uploading the book
Once you upload your book to KDP, it gives you the option to preview your text before continuing.
TIP: always check it before you continue, you may notice something has happened to your text.
PROBLEM: When you check it in the previewer, and decide you need to change it: you have to go through the entire process again.
PROBLEM THREE: Tax Information
I had to fill out a tax information form, due to you actually making money from your book.
However, the problem is that A) It asks for an electronic signature B) It assumes you are American, making it difficult to fill out the form if you aren't
TIP: Don't get an ITN, or EIN or anything like that - you don't need it.
TIP: Option to print out the form, and sign it in blue/black ink - it's easier.
That's as far as I've got so far - I'll keep you posted!