Last updated: July 1, 2023
If you are looking to self-publish public domain books on Amazon KDP, this comprehensive guide will help you with the step-by-step process.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to public domain
- What is public domain?
- 25+ awesome sources to find PD books
- How to use Google to search for PD books
- How to know and choose which public domain book to publish?
- Self-publishing – download checklist PDF and other free resources
- How to Differentiate Public Domain books
- How to Annotate and Illustrate books for Kindle
- Best Practices
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- public domain books, and audio books,
- tips, and techniques to correctly edit public domain books so that your KDP Account doesn’t get warned or banned,
- how to check for copyrights,
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Alright, now let’s get right into the business of publishing public domain eBooks that gets loved by people:
What is Public Domain?
Public Domain is a platform on which any articles, books, images, media, or any content that are made freely accessible to the general public to consume, edit, or make commercial usage possible.
Amazon KDP has been allowing and regularizing the publishing of Public Domain books on its Kindle platform, to allow creators to add-value to the existing old classics, and also make some money on the side doing it.
Here are some of the sources of Public Domain books:
- Gutenberg (https://gutenberg.com)
- Feedbooks (https://feedbooks.com)
- and much more from here: https://techlibrary.tv/20ebooks
How to use Google to find public domain books
Google is arguably the top most used search engine that provides quality results. If you are looking to find good public domain books that are eligible to be republished without much fuss, then in this short video I explain some techniques you could use to find good quality public domain books that could be re-published on Kindle.
How to know and choose which Public Domain book to publish?
Choosing a public domain book determines its success and more downloads and thus more sales and profits.
Not just that, adding more value to it is what makes it stand out from the competition, as there are so many books by the same title on Amazon Kindle eBooks’ store.
How to differentiate public domain books and how to add more value?
The following video takes a stab at that, so your readers can get more out of the old classics. There is also a checklist given in the video description, when you watch it directly on YouTube (see for the link in the video description).
How to annotate, illustrate public domain books
In this video we will see some key insights and tips on how to annotate, illustrate public domain books. Make sure you watch it till the end because we go over starting from basics of what these really mean and how to get them done for your Kindle eBooks so that they sell well for you.
Finally, here are some best practices you can follow to ensure your book is accepted by the Amazon KDP team. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
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