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Kindle eBook Pre-Order

With a pre-order, you can start promoting your eBook (we don't currently offer pre-orders for paperbacks) before it's released. You can promote your eBook's pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your own site, and elsewhere. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising even before your eBook's released. This can help more readers discover your book.



How it works

You can make your new eBooks available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide (except Amazon.in, where pre-orders aren't currently available). Setting a pre-order allows customers to order your eBook as early as 90 days before its release date. When you make your eBook available for pre-order, customers can order it anytime leading up to the release date you set, and it will be delivered to them on that date.

You'll list your eBook as you would any other KDP eBook. When you're setting up a new eBook, you can choose to make it available for pre-order and set a date in the future. Though your eBook isn't available for download yet, we'll still publish a detail page for it. Customers can order the eBook anytime leading up to the release date you set, and it will be delivered to them on that date.

After you set up a pre-order, you'll see a timer on top of your book's setup pages that keeps track of the deadline to submit the file you'd like delivered to customers. You have until this deadline to make changes to your book, but we encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order early in the event that changes are needed to meet our publishing guidelines.



Eligibility and requirements

  • Eligibility. Only new KDP eBooks are eligible for pre-order. We don't currently offer pre-orders for paperbacks. Public domain eBooks aren't eligible for pre-order. You may list up to 10 titles at once for pre-order, with room for more pre-order listings as you release each eBook.

  • Submission deadline. Make sure to submit your book on time. To keep track of the deadline, use the timer at the top of your book's setup pages (details, content, pricing). You have until this deadline to change your book, but we encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order early in the event changes are needed to meet our publishing guidelines. Also, to ensure a good customer experience, we require a manuscript file to be uploaded before the submission deadline. If you don't upload your file on time, your pre-order will be canceled, and you won't be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year. The same applies if you cancel the release of your pre-order book.

  • Manuscript submission. We recommend waiting to upload your manuscript file until you have the version of the book you'd like delivered to customers. We encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order early in the event changes are needed to meet our publishing guidelines. If your manuscript needs revisions and the file size increases, you might have to increase your list price so it meets our requirements. After the submission deadline, you won't be able to make changes to your book until after the title is released.

  • List price. You can set the list price for your pre-order book based on our list price requirements. You can change your list price during the pre-order period, but if you lower it, we'll retroactively charge that lower price to customers who already pre-ordered your book. If you raise the price during pre-order, all prior customers will pay the lower price. Your royalty will be based on the actual price we charge customers.

  • KDP Select. You can enroll your pre-order book in KDP Select, and the KDP Select term will begin on the book's release date. Free promotions and Kindle Countdown Deals can be scheduled only after the book release.

  • Review process. Before we create the pre-order detail page, we review your book to ensure it meets our guidelines. We encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order early in the event changes are needed to meet these guidelines. Your book will go through the same review as all other KDP books. If a pre-order book doesn't meet our guidelines, you won't be able to republish the same book. Instead, you must submit it so it meets our guidelines as a new ASIN. Learn more about our guidelines for book details and content. After the submission deadline, you won't be able to make changes to your book until after the title is released.


Reporting and royalty

Your pre-order report is updated as orders are placed. This report includes pre-ordered units, pre-order cancellations, and net pre-order units. Your pre-order sales data will not appear in other reports until after your eBook is delivered to customers on its release date. After that, you'll see pre-order units listed in the Prior Months' Royalties report, under the "Pre-order" transaction type. Once your eBook is released and customers start downloading their copies, you'll receive credit for final sales. Learn more about pre-order payment timelines.

Royalties are calculated based on the royalty plan you choose. If you chose the 70% plan, your royalty will be:

  • 70% of your list price without Value Added Tax (VAT), less delivery costs (average delivery costs are $0.06 per unit sold, and vary by file size), for each eligible book sold to customers in the 70% territories, and 35% of the list price for each unit sold to customers residing outside the 70% territories
  • If you choose the 70% royalty plan without uploading the manuscript file you would like delivered to customers, the estimated royalty will reflect delivery cost for a file size of a typical eBook. Delivery cost can change based on the size of your final file. We recommend using the grid on the Kindle eBook Pricing setup page to understand how file size and delivery costs can affect royalties.


How to list your eBook for pre-order

Set up your eBook

To get started with your pre-order:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf
  2. In the "Create a New Title" section, click + Kindle eBook
  3. On the "Kindle eBook Details" page, enter your information
  4. At the end of the page, in the "Pre-order" section, click Make my Kindle eBook available for pre-order
  5. Enter your book's release date
  6. Click Save and continue. This will take you to the "Kindle eBook Content" page.
  7. In the "Manuscript" section, upload the manuscript file that contains the version of the book you want delivered to customers.
  8. Finish setting up your book, including your cover, and rights and pricing information. When you enter your list price, you'll get an estimated royalty that's based on the royalty plan you choose. If you choose the 70% royalty plan without uploading the manuscript file you would like delivered to customers, the estimated royalty will reflect delivery cost for a file size of a typical eBook. Delivery cost can change based on the size of your final file. We recommend using the grid on the Kindle eBook Pricing setup page to understand how file size and delivery costs can affect royalties.

Note: If you're creating an illustrated children's eBook, they're typically in a fixed-layout format. Children's eBooks created using Kindle Kids' Book Creator will work on all Fire tablets, Fire phone, Kindle for iPad, Kindle for iPhone, and Kindle Android apps. When you upload a final fixed-layout file, you may notice new content on your product detail page that explains this to customers. This is expected.

Upload your final manuscript file

When you're ready to upload your final manuscript file and publish the final version of your eBook:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf
  2. Click on the ellipsis button ("...") under the Kindle eBook Actions menu next to the eBook you want to update
  3. Choose Edit eBook content
  4. In the "Manuscript" section, upload your final file
  5. Once your eBook converts successfully, click Save and continue
  6. Remember to click Submit for pre-order
If the file size of your manuscript increases, you may be required to increase your list price so it meets our requirements.

You have until the submission deadline to make changes to your book or to upload a new or updated file. To ensure a good customer experience, we require a manuscript file to be uploaded by the submission deadline. If you don't upload your file on time, you won't be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year. The same applies if you cancel the release of your pre-order book. For the most accurate deadlines for submitting your pre-order eBook, see the timer at the top of the title setup pages.



Check status

To see the current status of an eBook you've made available for pre-order:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf
  2. Click Continue setup. You'll see a timer across the top of the page informing you of the time remaining in which to make changes.
  3. Next to the eBook you want to check, you'll see your pre-order release date with one of the statuses below.

Learn more about pre-order review timelines.

Status What it means
Pre-order In Review Your eBook has been submitted for pre-order and is currently in review. Review times vary and may take longer if publishing rights need to be verified.
Pre-order Publishing Your eBook is being published to the Kindle Store. A confirmation email will be sent to you when your eBook goes live on the store.
Pre-order Live Your pre-order eBook is live in the Kindle Store and available to order.
Pre-order - Cancelled This pre-order has been cancelled and is unavailable for further editing. The cancellation could be due to your request.
Pre-order Live - Updates in Progress You entered new information about this pre-order eBook, but it's not published yet. A previous version of your pre-order eBook is live in the Kindle Store and available for purchase.
Pre-order Live -Updates in Review KDP is reviewing your recent changes. Review times vary and may take longer if publishing rights need to be verified. Your previous version is still live in the Kindle Store and available for purchase during review.
Pre-order Live - Updates Publishing Your recent changes are being published to the Kindle Store. A confirmation email will be sent to you when your eBook goes live in the Kindle Store.
Pre-order Live - Ready for Release Your pre-order eBook is now ready for release on the date you set. At this time you won't be able to change the eBook content or details as we prepare to deliver the content to customers worldwide. Once the eBook is released, you can publish updates.
Pre-order Blocked Your title has been made unavailable for further editing either due to your request or due to a problem related to the eBook's content.



Change a release date

To change a release date:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf
  2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Kindle eBook Actions menu next to the eBook you want to update
  3. Choose Edit eBook details
  4. In the "Pre-order" section, click Edit release date
  5. Enter the new date and click OK
  6. Scroll to the bottom and click Save and continue
  7. Click Submit for pre-order

Move up a release

If you move up the release date for your eBook, you need to submit and republish the final version of your book, and all customers who pre-ordered the eBook will receive the content on the earlier release date. See our Help page for details on pre-order timelines.

Postpone a release

You can postpone the release date for your eBook one time for as many as 30 days past the initial release date. Customers who pre-ordered the eBook will receive an email telling them you delayed the release. If you postpone the release date, you won't be able to postpone release dates for other existing pre-order eBooks. Also, you won't be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year.

Cancel a release

If you decide to cancel the release of your pre-order eBook, for whatever reason, you can unpublish your pre-order eBook just like you would unpublish any other book on KDP. However, if you cancel a pre-order, you won't be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year.


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