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Update Your Book Details

Video: Updating book details

To update book details:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Click the ellipsis button ("…") under KINDLE EBOOK ACTIONS or PAPERBACK ACTIONS next to the book you want to update.
  3. Choose Edit eBook details or Edit paperback details. This will take you to the Details page.
  4. Edit your details.
  5. Click Save and Continue. This takes you to the Content page.
  6. Click Save and Continue. This takes you to the Pricing page.
  7. Click the publish button at the bottom of the page.

If you update your book details (e.g., title, description, categories), manuscript and cover files, or publishing and territory rights, we'll review your book again to ensure it meets our guidelines for book details, content, and quality. Learn more about timelines for updates to published books.



Details you can edit after publishing

You can change some book details after publishing. When updating book details that appear in your manuscript and on your cover, be sure to make the changes in your manuscript and cover too. Also, if you significantly change your book, it is considered a new edition and should be published as a new book. If you make minor changes, it's considered the same edition.

Note: If you use Author Central, changes to your main author name or description made through your KDP Bookshelf will update automatically on Author Central within 24 hours. However, if you make updates to your information in Author Central, you'll need to make updates in KDP. Also, your product detail pages will display the information stored in KDP any time you update or republish in KDP, so the information in your KDP account needs to be current.



Details you can't edit after publishing

There are certain book details you won't be able to change after publishing. Which details you can change also depends on whether you published an eBook or a paperback. Regardless of format, if you significantly change your book, it's considered a new edition and should be published as a new book.

eBook

You won't be able to change the Digital Rights Management (DRM) setting you chose when you set up your eBook. You also won't be able change the publication date after you publish your eBook. The Kindle Store automatically enters the date you first published your book through KDP. If you make significant changes to your book content and want the publication date to reflect the date of the new version, you can resubmit your revised content as a new book. To improve the shopping and reading experience for customers, if you significantly change your book title or author name when submitting it as a new book, you're required to include the following disclaimer at the top of the description field: "Previously published as [book title] by [author name]." Significant changes to both book title and author name aren't allowed.

Note: Your publication date isn't the same as your release date. You can change your release date if you want to make new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. Setting up a pre-order allows customers to order your book as early as 90 days before release date. Learn more about setting up a pre-order.


Paperback

The paperback attributes listed below will be locked after publication because of ISBN requirements. They can't be updated unless you unpublish and republish your paperback as a new book.

  • Language
  • Book title
  • Subtitle
  • Edition number
  • Primary author name
  • ISBN
  • Imprint name
  • Publication date
  • Ink and paper type
  • Trim size

To improve the shopping and reading experience for customers, if you significantly change your paperback's title or author name when submitting it as a new book, you're required to include the following disclaimer at the top of the description field: "Previously published as [book title] by [author name]." Significant changes to both book title and author name aren't allowed.


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