In its latest move to generate more original content for its Kindle ecosystem, Amazon launched KDP Kids, a set of tools to allow authors to publish illustrated and chapter books for children.
Amazon's KDP Kids is modeled after its self-publishing program where authors can retain royalties of up to 70 percent on sales.
For the children's book effort, Amazon added a children's book creator to create illustrated books easily. Other tools such as age and grade filtering tools are also available.
Amazon's plan is to also allow authors to enroll their books in other subscription services. As noted previously, these content efforts largely revolve around driving engagement for Amazon's hardware, e-commerce and content.
A few key points:
- For illustrated books, Amazon has a Kids' Book Creator application for Mac OS X and Windows.
- Chapter books are created via Microsoft Word much like Amazon's conventional KDP program.
- Amazon is also providing a cover creator application as well as various marketing tools.