Amazon has launched Kindle Textbook Creator in the US, allowing academics to turn their textbooks into digital editions.
KDP EDU, a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), gives educators and authors the online tools to prepare, publish and promote e-textbooks and other educational content for students to access on their devices.
The company is allowing educators and authors to use the public beta of Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator tool to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books. “Once the book is ready, authors can upload it to KDP in just a few simple steps to reach students worldwide,” Amazon said.
The textbook KDP offer is similar to the KDP offer for trade books, in which authors can earn royalties of up to 70%, while keeping their rights. Academics will also be invited to enroll their books in KDP Select for programmes like Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The e-textbooks will also be available for Kindle Countdown Deals and free book promotions.
Amazon has been making steady inroads into the US academic market, over the last couple of years, most recently launched its first staffed customer order pickup locations at the campus of Purdue University in Indiana.