Kindle Ritual is a newly launched training course and software app to help anyone create and publish a Kindle e-book from scratch.
It's by author and online marketer Brian G. Johnson, and is being sold via the popular ClickBank self-publishing platform. It's been heavily promoted over the last week or so, and has been attracting a lot of favorable comments.
As the author of Kindle Kash I'm always interested to see new products in the Kindle publishing field, so I bought a copy of Kindle Ritual myself to evaluate it.
The first thing to note about Kindle Ritual is that it's not just a PDF manual. You actually get access to a members' website. This includes training in every aspect of Kindle publishing, from researching profitable niches through to publicizing your finished book. The training is mostly in the form of videos, which are well produced and informative (though I might have liked a bit more written info as well).
At the heart of Kindle Ritual is a WordPress theme called AuthorTheme. You can download this from the members' area and install it on any suitable WordPress host (the website recommends Hostgator, but I installed it without any problem on a free hosting service called Byethost).
I'd have to say AuthorTheme is a very impressive product. It's a WordPress theme designed specifically for creating a Kindle e-book. It does pretty much everything you would require for this, including formatting your book, creating a cover image, inserting illustrations, adding a hyperlinked table of contents, and so on. Once you have compiled your book, it saves it in the form of a Zip file, all ready to upload via Kindle Direct Publishing.
AuthorTheme also enables you to create an attractive website to promote your e-book, pulling in information from the Amazon sales page and so on.
Ideally, you would create your entire e-book within AuthorTheme, but you can copy and paste text from Word if you prefer. To avoid importing the superfluous code Word produces, however, the theme has a "paste from Word" button that enables unnecessary code to be automatically stripped out.
You can produce any number of e-books from one AuthorTherme installation, and the theme also has tools to help you keep track of your growing e-book empire.
People who have some familiarity with WordPress publishing should learn to use AuthorTheme very quickly. Those who haven't will have more of a learning curve, but the videos do explain everything step by step, and there is a help desk if you need additional assistance. My own experience of using WordPress is fairly limited, but I found it all quite straightforward and intuitive.
Any criticisms? Well, one or two parts of the training are showing as "Coming Soon" - Module 7 on video marketing, for example. There is a message that this is still being worked on and will be available "in a number of days". It's a pity everything wasn't ready at the launch, but at least all the core content is there. It is, I guess, one of the benefits of a membership site that additional content can be added as it becomes available. This should also means that content can be quickly updated in future as required.
Overall, while I'm still working my way through Kindle Ritual, I'm very impressed by what I've seen so far. In effect, what you get is a comprehensive video-based training course combined with a powerful, web-based publishing tool.
Incidentally, if you visit the Kindle Ritual sales page and click to exit, you will be presented with an invitation to watch a webinar showcasing what Kindle Ritual has to offer and demonstrating AuthorTheme in action. If you're considering buying, it's well worth a look.
If you have any comments or questions about Kindle Ritual, please leave them below and I'll do my best to answer them!
FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE - A new, fully updated and expanded Kindle Ritual 2014 Mega Bundle has just been released and is currently available for a lower price than the original Kindle Ritual sold for! It now includes access to Magic Bullet Books, a brand new members site that makes formatting for Kindle painless and easy. Check out the launch offer today before the price doubles at least!
Disclosure: Some links in this review include my affiliate code, so if you click through and make a purchase, a proportion of the fee will go to me. This hasn't influenced my review, but you should of course complete your own due diligence and read the sales page (and this review) carefully to determine whether this product will be relevant to your needs.