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Amazon Newsletter

In this issue: Announcing Amazon Video Direct, reach more readers, and author inspiration

The writer who roared

Read KDP author Gareth Patterson’s account of protecting lions in Africa on The Story by Kindle.

Announcing Amazon Video Direct

Amazon now offers a way to distribute video content to reach tens of millions of customers and Prime Members on Amazon Video. Through Amazon Video Direct (AVD), Amazon’s self-publishing video portal, authors, storytellers, and educators have the ability to distribute video titles on Prime Video, as a one-time rental or purchase, an add-on subscription, and as free, ad-supported videos. Authors can quickly and easily upload and distribute video content to reach Amazon customers worldwide, expanding their content offering on Amazon.

Learn more about Amazon Video Direct, and start distributing video content today.

Announcing the 3rd Literary Contest for Indie Authors in Spanish

Finish your Spanish-language book by July 1, 2016, log in to KDP, and upload it to enter the 3rd Literary Contest for Indie Authors in collaboration with El Mundonewspaper in Spain and Christian Gálvez, Ismael Cala, and Silvia Olmedo. All book genres (fiction/non-fiction) are accepted, and the contest is open to new, never-before published Spanish-language titles.

The winner will be published in Spanish and translated into English to be distributed worldwide by Amazon Publishing.

Learn more about how to participate and the contest rules.

Lunch with KDP authors

Successful kids authors–Ally Nathaniel and Carole P. Roman–share tips on publishing and marketing your book in this helpful short video series.

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Reach more readers: publish your book in multiple formats

Print, digital, or audio? Let your readers decide. When you make your book available in multiple formats, your readers will be able to easily choose their preferred format from your title’s product page on Amazon.

Publish your book in print with CreateSpace, in digital through KDP, and as an audiobook with ACX.

Publishing on KDP, CreateSpace, and ACX is fast, free, and easy. Plus, you keep control, earn industry-leading royalties, and distribute globally.

KDP transitioning from check payments to EFT

KDP is transitioning from paying authors by check to Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) direct to your bank account. If you receive check payments, you may need to update your payment method.

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Why enroll in KDP Select?

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers, and it gives you the opportunity to earn more money. When you enroll your books in KDP Select, you’ll receive a share of the KDP Select Global Fund each time an individual customer reads pages in your book for the first time via Kindle Unlimited (KU) orKindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). Participation in KDP Select also gives you access to Kindle Countdown Deals and a Free Book Promotion.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to enroll your title in KDP Select.

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KDP author news

Congratulations to KDP author Tim O’Rourke, who recently was featured

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Want to write a book? Get out of your own way

By Maria Murnane

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I’m an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that’s usually not the case. I’ve lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he or she once started writing a book, but then for various reasons it went nowhere. Some of the most common explanations I hear include…

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Author words of inspiration: Daniel Kenney

“Be productive every single day. Write a thousand words or edit two pages or create an illustration. Design a cover. Send a newsletter to your email list. If you can do a little (but preferably more) each day, you’ll be astonished with what you accomplish by the end of a year.”

Daniel Kenney, author of The Math Inspectors: Story One – The Case of the Claymore Diamond

CreateSpace professional editing services–now faster than ever

Professional editing improves content and helps create an engaging reading experience. We’ve decreased our turnaround time and are delivering editing services faster than ever.

Learn more about CreateSpace’s editing services.

Discover Kindle Exclusives

Check out the latest digital titles you can only find on Amazon, including indie titles across many categories.

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Expand Your Book’s Reach

KDP CreateSpace ACX
Kindle Scout Write On Kindle Worlds
Amazon Author Central Amazon Author Kindle Reading Apps
Amazon Associates Program


KDP How-to Resource Guide CreateSpace How-to Resource Guide KDP Help Pages
KDP Tools CreateSpace Community CreateSpace Publishing Services
KDP Kids KDP EDU Amazon Author Stories


5 Famous Foods that Originated in San Francisco

5 Famous Foods that Originated in San Francisco


5 Famous Foods that Originated in San Francisco


5 Famous foods that Originated in San Francisco. There are hundreds of foods and dishes found around the US that share the special distinction of being quintessential and original regional fare, much like Philadelphia’s cheesesteak, Chicago’s deep dish pizza, and New Orleans’ Po’boy sandwiches. While these are some of the more commonly known dishes, every major city in the county can point to a few dishes that are deeply rooted in their culinary history. During a recent trip to the Bakery Museum at San Francisco’s famed Boudin Bakery, we discovered that San Francisco is home to many other foods that we enjoy around the country and the world, leading us to dig into the subject a bit more to find other foods that originate in the city. Here goes with the 5 Famous foods that Originated in San Francisco.


Sourdough Bread


Probably San Francisco’s most well-known culinary creation, sourdough bread can trace its roots all they way back the Gold Rush, where French baker IsodoreBoudin first utilized wild yeast found in the area in his recipe, which gave the loafs a tangy, “sour” taste. The bread quickly became a hit with locals, flocking to the small bakery everyday to get their freshly baked sourdough. Boudin’s maintains a bakery in the Fisherman’s Wharf district where they continue to honor the original recipe, making fresh sourdough that people across the country can enjoy.




Cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew that became the staple dish of the sailors that frequented Fisherman’s Wharf. Initially created as a quick and easy way to utilize any leftover catch they had that day with other readily available ingredients (namely canned tomatoes and wine), it quickly became a preferred dish for the hungry sailors and fisherman to feast on after a long day on the waters. You can still find this dish served in seafood restaurants around the city and the US.


Irish Coffee


You can go into any bar across the world and order an Irish Coffee, a tasty cocktail consisting of Irish whiskey, hot coffee topped with cream. It might surprise you that the cocktail was initially introduced and popularized in the US at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café. The story goes that a café employee first tried it at the Shannon Airport in Ireland, and then came back to SF to help perfect the recipe. The Buena Vista Café started serving the cocktail in 1952, and it has been a staple of their menu ever since.


Fortune Cookies


Fortune cookies have become synonymous with Chinese food over the years, but in actuality the after meal treat was created and first distributed in San Francisco. MakatoHagiwari, the landscaper and manager of Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, first started handing out the cookies as early the late 1890’s as a thank you to patrons who visited the garden. The claim has not come without some controversy though. In 1983, a federal judge ruled against two other parties to name Mr. Hagiwara as the sole originator of the cookie.


Steam Beer


Although beer most certainly did not originate in San Francisco, a quite unique brewing technique does call the city home. San Francisco is where the Anchor Steam brewery can be found, continuing the tradition of having the crisp, foggy San Francisco air cool the beer down during the fermentation process that started all the way back in 1896. The term “steam” comes from the steam that would emanate from the vats once the air hit them. While it is Anchor Steam alone that holds the right to refer their refreshing brew as “steam beer”, you can find variations of the techniques in breweries across the US under the label “California common”.

5 Famous Foods that Originated in San Francisco

Article by Andrew Armstrong

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