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Amazon Shares a Selection of Customers’ Favorite Books from Indie Authors

October 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT

Top Picks To Add Self-Published Books to Your End-of-Year Reading Lists

Kindle Direct Publishing Helps Authors Reach Readers Around the World

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2018-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Hundreds of thousands of independent authors are finding their audiences through self-publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). More than ever before, authors are reaching new readers directly and cultivating communities as they grow their writing careers on KDP. Readers also relish the value and entertainment from these authors. On average, 20% of books on this year’s Amazon Charts Top 20 weekly lists are self-published.

“We launched KDP in 2007 with the first Kindle, and since then hundreds of thousands of independent authors have chosen to self-publish their books, earning up to 70 percent of their royalties and retaining the life-long rights of their work,” said Charles Kronbach, Director of Independent Publishing Worldwide for Amazon. “In 2017, thousands of KDP authors earned more than $50,000 in royalties, and more than a thousand earned more than $100,000. We are inspired by the success of these writers and how they are delighting readers.”

Below is a curated list of top-selling books on Amazon from independent authors and why customers love them (average customer rating as of October 2018):

About Kindle Direct Publishing

Launched in 2007, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) empowers authors to reach readers worldwide while retaining their copyright and up to 70% royalty on their work. KDP offers a free, easy, and fast way to self-publish eBooks and paperbacks. With KDP, the power of publishing is accessible to authors worldwide, allowing a more robust and diverse set of voices to share stories with a wider audience than ever before. Self-publishing lets authors keep control, make more money and reach more readers. Hundreds of thousands of authors have self-published on KDP. In fact, in 2017 thousands of independent authors earned more than $50k, with more than a thousand surpassing $100k in royalties.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

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