How To Publish Public Domain Books on Kindle Store
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How To Publish Public Domain Books on Kindle Store

In this video, we are going to see how to use public domain works to sell our eBooks through Amazon KDP This video is actually a response to one of
the subscribers’ comment requests, so here’s a shoutout to you Wheat Play! To publish public domain works using KDP,
here’s what you’ll need: Number 1. KDP account
Second one is Bank online account, then Public domain work that you intend to republish
and Fourth – Knowledge on re-using public domain
works and last but not the least, Knowledge on copyrights
information. The fourth and the fifth are more or less
the same thing but then it has some more intricacies to learn from. To create a KDP account, check my other video
on how to start your KDP account as shown on the top right corner of the screen now. And of course, I assume you already have an
online bank account. Now, we are left with the three other requirements,
which mostly deals with the ‘knowledge’ of what’s public domain work, re-using public
domain works to publish again under your name, and knowing the boundaries of working with
copyrights and Intellectual Property rights safely. What is a public domain work? “Public domain” is a phrase that describes something
that belongs to all people in general, that is, the “public”. The opposite of “public domain” is copyrighted
material, which is owned either by the creator of the work or his/her legal representatives. The term public domain is only used to describe
things such as photographs, drawings, written articles, books, plays, or similar works of
art. As a general rule, all intellectual works,
after enough time has gone by, will become part of public domain. Actual examples include the works of Leonardo
da Vinci, Shakespeare, Beethoven, the King James Bible, and the books of Isaac Newton. Just to name a few. A work can enter the public domain in many ways. Such as the copyright could expire, many years after its creator dies. Or the work’s creator may legally give up all claims to the material. The creator forgets to renew the work’s copyright. Or the work may have been created by agencies of certain governments, in which case it was in the public domain from the time of its creation. In some cases, if a work enters the public
domain after copyright expiration, anyone using the work may still be required to note who created the work. So, that was a brief intro into what is Public Domain. Now that we know about what Public Domain is, let’s see what Amazon KDP has to say about using Public Domain works to publish an ebook. In this case, we have a good news! KDP allows the selling of content that is
in the public domain. But there is a catch. At the time of publishing, we must provide
proof that the work is indeed in the public domain. Here’s how to do that: In the “Kindle eBook Details” setup page under
the Bookshelf menu, scroll down to see the setting for “Publishing Rights”. If you are going to use “Public Domain” work, this is where you choose the option to do that. Keep in mind that the duration of copyright
varies between countries. So, if your book is in the public domain in
one country but not another, you must identify your territory rights accordingly. Just for your information, in case you are
planning to publish your ebook for pre-order, remember that Public Domain eBooks are not
eligible for pre-order. Alright. Let’s say, you are now ready to publish your eBook that was created using Public Domain works and has hit on the publish button for Amazon’s review. We must remember that Amazon may reject the public domain content that’s already available through KDP or other sites like Google Books,
Smashwords, etc. Now this is for a good reason. Imagine having same eBooks showing up under
different authors without much variation or value-addition for readers to enjoy and benefit
from. That’s why there is a line drawn here to discourage
people from using Public Domain works without any value-added on top of it. This could enable scammers to game the system and use all public domain works to re-publish and make money out of no hard work from their end. That’s why Amazon restricts publishing undifferentiated
versions of public domain titles to provide a better customer experience. Differentiated works are unique and will meet
one or more of these requirements: It could be Translated, Annotated, or Illustrated. Let’s see what they mean now. With translated, it means it has Unique translations
in different languages. With annotations, it must have unique annotations
with some additional content like study guides, literary critiques, detailed biographies,
or historical context. With illustrations, there should be at least
ten or more unique illustrations that are relevant to the book. Books that meet these requirements must include
(Translated), (Annotated), or (Illustrated) in the title field of the book. For example, “Works of Shakespeare (Illustrated)”
is acceptable; but “Works of Shakespeare (with an Introduction by Arun Sarathy)” is not. The product description must also include
a summary of how the book is unique in bullet point format, remember, ‘bullet point format’,
at the beginning of the product description with a maximum of 80 characters. These three factors are officially used as
a barometer to check if there is any value-addition made to differentiate the public domain work that you’ve used. If you have followed all these rules and still aren’t getting published, you can write to Amazon KDP help team and they may reconsider your books for sale in the Kindle store. But as a caveat, know that generally, higher-priced public domain reprints from large publishers include extensive introductions, annotations,
and other educational information that make it worthwhile to the reader. That’s all it has to using Public Domain works
to publish your eBook on the Kindle store. Thanks for watching.


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