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KDP Categories

Browse categories are the sections of the Amazon site where customers can find your book. Think of browse categories like the sections of a physical bookstore (fiction, history, and so on). During title setup, you'll choose two Browse Categories from a list. This list is based on the BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) code. We use the two categories you choose, along with your selected keywords, to place your book into Amazon Categories. We reserve the right to change the browse categories of a book at any time to ensure a positive customer experience. Learn more about categories and how to choose, view, and update them below.


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Choosing categories


Book categories are intended to offer readers the highest-quality search results to make purchase decisions. To reach the appropriate audience, select the most accurate categories that accurately represent the content of your book.

  • Be accurate. Choose the most accurate categories based on your book's central topic or storyline. Do not choose one category that's explicitly fiction and another that's explicitly nonfiction, or mix categories such as Fiction, Nonfiction, and Comics. For example, “Fiction > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology” and “Nonfiction > Nature > Animals > Wolves” to a werewolf story book. Note: Do not use the Comics category for an illustrated book unless it is a fixed layout comic format book.
  • Be specific. Add specific categories to allow customers looking for a specific topic to find your book more easily. For example, a cookbook about natural food recipes may belong to “Cooking > Specific Ingredients > Natural Foods,” but wouldn’t also belong to “Health & Fitness > Diet & Nutrition > Nutrition” category as it is not the main purpose of the book.
  • Don't be redundant. Do not list your book in a category and its sub-categories. For example, "Fiction > Fantasy > Historical" and "Fiction > Fantasy." We automatically display your book in the parent categories. A book in the "Fiction > Fantasy > Historical" category will also show up in searches for general fiction and general fantasy.

We do not tolerate inaccurate or unexpected categorization that misleads or manipulates our customers. Your book categories must comply with our Guide to Kindle Content Quality.


Children's or teen and young adult categories


To list your book in the Children or Teen & Young Adult category, you must choose at least one Juvenile Category (BISAC Subject Code) through the KDP Bookshelf. Teen & Young Adult categories and Children categories cannot be added together to the same book.

Children's Categories:


  • Set the minimum recommended reading age from 0 to 11 years old.

Teen & Young Adult:


  • Set the minimum recommended reading age from 13 to 17 years old.
  • For Amazon.de, set the minimum recommended reading age from 12 to 15 years

Note: On Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, titles with a Juvenile Category and a minimum recommended age of 12 may be categorized in Children’s or Teens. This depends on other information about the book. Keep in mind that an independent category will show for Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, and Amazon.it.

See Entering Age and Grade Ranges to learn which age grade is appropriate for your book’s audience.


Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels


The Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels category is reserved for fiction or nonfiction books of sequential art, an illustrated storytelling medium in which adjacent images, or a combination of images with text, are used to make the narrative.

The Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels category should not be used:
  • For an illustrated book unless it is a fixed layout comic format book.
  • In addition to another book category. Example: Literature & Fiction with a Comic category.

Add or update categories


  1. Go to your Bookshelf and click the button under the KINDLE EBOOK ACTIONS, PAPERBACK ACTIONS, or HARDCOVER ACTIONS menu next to your book.
  2. Choose Edit eBook Details, Edit Paperback Details, or Edit Hardcover Details.
  3. Under the Categories section, click Choose Categories (print book) or Set Categories (eBook).
  4. Select the two most relevant categories for your book.
You can select the two most relevant categories during title setup in KDP. We will then add your book to all relevant categories on the Amazon Store once it is published. This means the categories you add during title setup and the categories shown online won’t necessarily match.

Check our Timelines help article to learn more about how long does it takes for changes to appear.

Note: Companion books, also referred to as summaries, study guides, or analysis books, can't be added to additional browse categories on Amazon.


View Amazon categories


To see the existing Amazon categories, go to the Amazon store and search for books in the menu at the top of the page or the menu at the left side.

You can find links to the print and eBook store by marketplace in the table below:

Amazon Categories


MarketplaceFor eBooksFor paperback and hardcover 
Amazon.comUS Kindle StoreUS Books Store
Amazon.co.ukUK Kindle StoreUK Books Store
Amazon.caCA Kindle StoreCA Books Store
Amazon.com.auAU Kindle StoreAU Books Store
Amazon.deDE Kindle StoreDE Books Store
Amazon.nlNL Kindle StoreNL Books Store
Amazon.frFR Kindle StoreFR Books Store
Amazon.itIT Kindle StoreIT Books Store
Amazon.esES Kindle StoreES Books Store
Amazon.com.brBR Kindle StoreBR Books Store
Amazon.inIN Kindle StoreIN Books Store
Amazon.co.jpJP Kindle StoreJP Books Store

Note: Categories can vary between marketplaces. The following table, titled Amazon categories, provides links to the paperback and eBook stores by marketplace where you can view the available categories.



Restricted categories


Some Kindle Store categories are restricted. Publishers can't enable them.



Series categories

We're regularly adding to the list of Series categories. However, we're currently unable to accept requests for new Series categories. Check back later to see if the Series category you're looking for was added to the list.


Need help choosing categories and keywords?

 Watch this video to learn how to make your book more discoverable on Amazon.


Video: Categories and Keywords
  • Categories (0:09)
  • BISAC (0:35)
  • Amazon browse categories (1:06)
  • Keywords (4:00)




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