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Iftikhar Ahmad

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I hope I am in the right category of this big forum
Posted: Aug 12, 2017 12:00 PM
 
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Hello community,

I am pretty new here on Amazon. I have a friend who needs to sell his Math textbook/course book on Amazon.

I found a link to Amazon Kindle and through that I was able to reach this forum. Amazon is like a world in itself!

Is it possible for him to sell his book here on Amazon? I assure you it's one of a kind.

We have the manuscript and the cover has also been designed. Publishing part is left! Can you people point me in the right direction?

What will I need to setup a book selling account ? He really wants students to benefit from this book and get the praise he rightly deserves!

Thank you.

Farhad
Diana Persaud

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Posted: Aug 12, 2017 12:07 PM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
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Assuming he created his own content then yes, he can publish it on KDP. However, selling is the hard part.

What does he have to offer that 1. A student isn't going to have access to for FREE via school textbooks?
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2. Can't be found for free on the internet?

Math is pretty straight forward. What does he have to offer that will set his books apart from existing published books?

ETA: what are his qualifications?

Edited by: Diana Persaud on Aug 12, 2017 12:08 PM
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Aug 12, 2017 12:09 PM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
 
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KDP for an e-book; CreateSpace for print. Doesn't matter if your friend's book is one of a kind or not ... it can be pure shyte and he can still publish if he wants. And he needs to get off his derriere and set up his own account for publishing and putting in banking and tax info.
La Venta West

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Posted: Aug 12, 2017 12:29 PM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
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You and your friend should start by reading through all the info on Amazon's page on publishing here - https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A37Z49E2DDQPP3 - beginning with "Getting Started - How to Publish Your Book on KDP"

I'd caution you against setting up an account for your friend. There is tax info involved, payments to bank accounts or by cheque, etc. Are you prepared to deal with being the middle man, and the financial aspect of it? (That's if the book sells. Naturally, we'd all like the praise we think we rightly deserve, but there are millions of books on Amazon, so few get any recognition whatsoever). If your friend is able to do it themselves (or you can help walk them through it), it would be far less complicated for you.
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Posted: Aug 12, 2017 1:43 PM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
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Mathematics is one of my great passions. I wish him good luck with this book.

With that said, I think you're opening up a big can of worms if you're going to be in charge of his account. Do you really want that responsibility in the coming years? For example, dealing with the taxes, or any changes in his banking, address, etc?
Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:14 AM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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I was just here to collect information. Actually, he has been my high school tutor. Yes, he will make his own Amazon account as soon as I fill him in with the useful info.

Thank you for your response, much appreciated!
Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:18 AM   in response to: La Venta West in response to: La Venta West
 
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I won't be the middle man and thank you for guiding me not to be the middle man. I'll start with 'Getting Started'.

As far as the marketing part is concerned, a website and a facebook page for the book is already part of the plan. It will be rigorously promoted when the time comes.

Thank you again!
Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:24 AM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
 
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Thank you, yes, I am not here to make his publishing account or be the middle man.

He'll be making his own account. With that said, I know now that the first step is to make an Amazon account.

It will be marketed and promoted. Will it be beneficial for the book to lay here on Amazon before the promotion or marketing campaigns?

To post a book for selling, we need to pay Amazon a fee? Since there are several questions that are coming up, I'll have to start with 'Getting Started' as said above.

Glad to see your response.
Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:32 AM   in response to: Diana Persaud in response to: Diana Persaud
 
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Thank you for responding..

He is a highly qualified individual with a PhD in Mathematics (from a recognized university) with loads of authentic teaching experience to back it up.

Would Amazon require his original degree to get his book up on their site? This will be something new but that wouldn't be a problem.

As mentioned in the comments, it's time for me to read, read and read again. I posted this question in order to save myself from the reading part. (humour intended)

Thank you again!
Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 12:40 AM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
 
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I will have to read from "Getting Started" and heading on...

The response is much appreciated!
Diana Persaud

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 2:43 AM   in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad in response to: Iftikhar Ahmad
 
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Iftikhar Ahmad wrote:
Thank you for responding..

He is a highly qualified individual with a PhD in Mathematics (from a recognized university) with loads of authentic teaching experience to back it up.

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> Would Amazon require his original degree to get his book up on their site? This will be something new but that wouldn't be a problem.

As mentioned in the comments, it's time for me to read, read and read again. I posted this question in order to save myself from the reading part. (humour intended)

Thank you again!

No, Amazon won't ask for his degree. He needs to mention his qualifications in the "About the Author" section on his Amazon Author Central Page.

When it comes to nonfiction books, smart people are going to look at the qualifications of the person offering advice.

Would you buy a math book created by a high school dropout or one with a PhD in mathematics?

Having experience or a degree gives him an edge and sets him up as an "expert".

As to your other question about fees, Amazon only takes a certain percentage if he sells a book. There is no upfront cost from Amazon.

Iftikhar Ahmad

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Posted: Aug 13, 2017 2:01 PM   in response to: Diana Persaud in response to: Diana Persaud
 
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Thank you, Diana, for the extremely helpful response...

I already emailed him your first response. I'll let him know all the details that you mentioned in your second response.

And ensure he writes all his credentials in the "About the Author" section.

You're the best!

Regards,

Farhad
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