Amazon announced that its Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP), will now be called "Kindle Direct Publishing". All other aspects of the self-publishing platform appear to remain unchanged.
One year ago, Amazon launched Kindle DTP in more than one hundred countries worldwide, pushing Amazon's proprietary Kindle e-book format into the hands of independent publishers and content creators who might otherwise have considered publishing their materials on a more open format, like ePub, which Barnes & Noble's Pubit! self publishing platform uses for creating Nook-compatible e-books.
Since launching its self publishing platform, Amazon has set the precedent for royalties for self-published books and periodicals on e-readers, and has redefined what counts as literature when it's destined for consumption only on digital screens and not in print.
So with a new, somewhat more concise name, Kindle Direct Publishing will continue its attempts to get independent and self-publishers to consider the Kindle as a primary outlet for releasing their e-books.
What remains to be seen, however, is which platform independent publishers have been choosing to release their e-books upon first, and how their choice affects the accessability of their materials, especially to public libraries.
[tags]kindle digital text platform,dtp,kindle direct publishing[/tags]