One of the things that often hinders people from getting started with stuff online is the whole sign up or registration process, or even feeling insecure about entering personal information online. There are so many forms to fill out and you have to answer so many questions – and some of those questions can be a little uncomfortable to answer (e.g., entering your social security number and bank account numbers). Luckily though, signing up for selling your Kindle book is pretty simple. I’m writing this post to hopefully make those of you who are hesitant feel a little better about it.
First, there are no prerequisites for signing up. You don’t have to worry about income requirements, credit checks, college degree or any type of proof of your existence or worth. Anyone can sign up as long as you have an email address. It’s even faster if you already have an Amazon.com account.
You will enter basic information like your name and/or company name and address, which is pretty standard for about anything you sign up for related to e-commerce.
Be prepared to enter your Tax ID (SSN or EIN). As long as you fail to supply your Tax ID, you will get a nagging screen that tells you your account set up is incomplete. Your Kindle book will not go live until you enter it.
Finally, I suggest signing up for direct deposit. You don’t want your royalty checks getting lost in the mail You will need to enter your bank account number and routing number. Of course if you are not comfortable sharing that information you can always opt to receive a paper check.
Amazon is a very, very large and a very, very secure company that has been in business for almost 20 years with well over 200 million customers. So please feel comfortable entering your information with them.