Amazon launches KDP Kids publishing program
Amazon has launched a new publishing program called KDP Kids to help children’s book authors create illustrated and chapter ebooks, reports Digital Book World. The program uses free Kindle Kids’ Book Creator software to allow authors to ‘import artwork from popular formats, including jpg, pdf, tiff, and png’, as well as add text to the pages and preview how it will look on Kindle devices. Authors can also ‘create pop-up text boxes that magnify text when it’s double-tapped’ and enter grade and age ranges to ‘aid discoverability’ in the Kindle store. ‘No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated Kindle book for kids,’ said Kindle SVP Russ Grandinetti in a statement. Amazon prompts authors who use the program to ‘enroll their books in KDP Select’, which offers higher royalties in exchange for exclusive publishing rights for a period of time.