Tomorrow I’m headed up to Santa Monica for the Amazon Press Release. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, is scheduled to speak about new Kindle products and I’m hoping to thank him personally for opening up the Kindle sales platform to authors. Just in case I don’t get a chance to speak with Jeff or another member of the Kindle team, I thought I’d post an open letter of thanks.
To Jeff Bezos and the Kindle Team:
Because of your Kindle Direct Publishing program, our talented children’s authors and illustrators are sharing new stories for the touchscreen generation.
Because of your work to bring ebooks to kids, we’re bringing jobs to our community.
Because of what you’ve created, I get to write royalty checks to single moms, recent grads and out-of-work teachers for the 20,000+ books sold in the last few months.
My name is Calee M. Lee and Amazon has changed my life. Just over a year ago, I heard that authors could make their books available for the Kindle through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. My daughter was 4-years-old and always asking me to read to her on my Kindle and at that time there were few illustrated children’s books available for the platform.
I began writing and publishing my children’s stories. As sales started to roll in, I found other talented authors and illustrators and grew a side project into a children’s publishing company, Xist Publishing.
Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation. All of our children’s picture books are designed for the devices kids crave and we are committed to encouraging a lifetime love of reading in children, no matter the form it takes.
We’re now working with 14 different authors and illustrators and have published more than a hundred picture books for the Kindle. We’re regularly hearing from fans about how much their children love our books and we can’t wait to watch as this generation grows up, embraces technology and can’t stop reading.
Thank you Amazon.com
…for making my company possible.
…for making it easy for parents to read to their children anywhere.
…for bringing books to a new generation of readers
Calee M. Lee