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Publishing Timelines

See the information below to find out how long it takes for changes to your book to go live. What kind of book are you working on?



  eBook timelines


New publications


When will...Timeline
My eBook’s detail page appear?24 hours for titles in English; 48 hours for titles in other languages
My cover thumbnail appear on the detail page?Up to 72 hours
My eBook be linked to the paperback edition?48 hours to 1 week after each edition is live*
The “Look Inside the Book” feature be available?3 business days

*Editions link automatically if the author and title information match. However, this can take several days after your books' Amazon detail pages are created.

Updates to published books


When will...Timeline
Updates to my author name (contributors), title, description, publisher, ISBN, keywords appear?48 hours
Updates to my browse categories appear?72 hours
Updates to my eBook manuscript appear?48 hours*
Updates to my eBook cover appear?72 hours
Updates to my list price appear?24 hours
My unpublished eBook become unavailable for purchase?24-72 hours
My republished eBook be available for purchase?12 hours for titles in English; 48 hours for titles in other languages

*Updated manuscript content will be visible in the "Look Inside the book" feature within 7 business days after you make the changes.


  Paperback timelines


New publications


When will...Timeline
My paperback’s detail page appear?Up to 72 hours for Amazon.com; up to 5 days for other marketplaces
My cover thumbnail appear on the detail page?Up to 72 hours
My paperback be linked to the eBook edition?48 hours to 1 week after each version is live*
My paperback show as “in stock”?Up to 3-5 business days
The “Look Inside the Book” feature be available?7 business days

*Editions link automatically if the author and title information match. However, this can take several days after your books' Amazon detail pages are created.

Updates to published books


When will...Timeline
Updates to my contributor, series name, series number, page count, description, keywords, and browse categories appear?Up to 72 hours
Updates to my paperback manuscript appear?Up to 72 hours*
Updates to my paperback cover appear?Up to 72 hours
Updates to my list price appear?24 hours**
My unpublished paperback become unavailable to buy?24-72 hours
My republished paperback be available for purchase?Up to 72 hours for Amazon.com; up to 5 days for other marketplaces

*Updated manuscript content will be visible in the "Look Inside the book" feature within 7 business days after you make the changes.
**It can take up to 5 business days to update depending on how great the change is.


  Audiobook timelines


If your book is enrolled in Whispersync for Voice through Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), it can take 7 days for your book to go live after you receive the submission email. ACX makes it easy to turn your book into an audiobook and create a new revenue stream. ACX connects authors with professional audio producers to create audiobooks. Learn more about ACX's distribution options and royalties.

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