also publish your book to the kindle store from
mobipocket.com. there are some pros and cons with
that, but it's a heck of a lot easier in many ways.
if you want to know more, just lemme know.
DARN right we want to know more!! Please either post here or send to me E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: if you want to publish your book to the kindle store, you'll still need to meet all of amazon's requirements in terms of having a US bank account, US mailing address, and US tax ID number.
publish your book on mobipocket.com (again, there are instructions on the forums - it's pretty easy). by default amazon's kindle store is one of the places your title will be distributed to.
you should get some paperwork by email from amazon a week or so after that. fill it out and send it back, and a few days to a couple weeks after that, your title should be live in the kindle store. (note: these are the email@example.com folks, not DTP).
now, some things to keep in mind, as there are some tradeoffs with publishing to the kindle store via mobipocket:
1) if you already have a title published to DTP, you will want to UNPUBLISH it first and give a grace period of a week or two before publishing on mobipocket. otherwise there will be two instances of your title on amazon, with different ASINs.
2) there are two significant downsides to mobi to keep in mind. the first is that you can only publish a title to a single top-level category (and no subcategories) in the kindle store. for example, you can publish your title in science fiction, but not science fiction > adventure, or in any additional categories (through DTP you can put your title in up to five categories/subcategories). the second downside is that mobi has a $150 threshold for royalty payouts, so you won't get paid until your title earns at least $150 in royalties. there is also a lot of confusing information out there on where to go to see what your earnings status is; i don't have a handle on that yet (so anybody who knows the straight scoop, please step forward!).
but on the positive side, it's generally easier, the publisher interface system for mobi is stable and reasonably user-friendly, and they also distribute titles to other e-retailers such as booksonboard.com, among others.
I've been seeing the same message and haven't been able to get things up and running.
Frustrated, I also went the Mobipocket route. I kind of viewed it as a win/win scenario. A lot of the prep that goes into getting a text ready for mobipocket will be helpful in getting it ready for kindle. I figure if and when I do get the 'save' button to work on Kindle, my texts and covers will be pretty ready to go.
Thanks for the info. I have a MobiPocket Publisher account and I have published several books in that format. But, I've never seen the option to publish for Kindle, I've never received any paperwork from Kindle and I don't see Kindle listed in the retailer list. Where (how) is Kindle listed on Mobipocket?
well, it doesn't list the "kindle store" specifically - it lists amazon. you need to check your retailers list in your publisher account and make sure amazon is checked (if it isn't, check it, then save & close). if it's already checked, i'd send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation, and hopefully they can check on it.
also, as an FYI to non-US authors & publishers: to publish to the kindle store from mobipocket, you'll still need to meet amazon's requirements (US bank account, address, and tax ID)...
It sounds like this was in regards to a DTP account setup issue, that should be resolved. If you are still experiencing problems publishing your work, or setting up accounts, please send an email to email@example.com