Quick question for anyone who has some insight... Do the major publishing houses have a different process for publishing ebooks through Amazon than "independent" publishers? I get the feeling that, yes, the big boys have access to more tools than the smaller houses do, but I just wanted to confirm.
Big publishers may have a more direct route they can take for submitting their titles, but they are still required to follow the same formatting guidelines and provide the same information that Amazon requires of any self-published authors who use their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. The KDP program provides an interface that authors can use to submit and manage their titles to Amazon for sale as e-books. Basically, this interface is how the author (or publisher) provides all of the pertinent information for the book, and regardless of who is submitting it, that information has to be provided. I think the only real advantage a major publishing house would have would be in their ability to hire a staff that manually enters this information for each book.