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Kindle eBook Pre-Order

KDP allows you to set up pre-orders for your eBooks, so you can start promoting your book before it's released. You can also promote your eBook's pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your own site, and elsewhere. Pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising even before your eBook's released, which can help more readers discover your book.

Note: We don’t currently offer pre-order for paperbacks.

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How it works

You can make your new eBooks available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. Setting a pre-order allows customers to order your eBook as early as one year before its release date.

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. You must upload your final manuscript more than 72 hours before the release date. To keep track of the deadline, use the timer at the top of your book's setup pages (details, content, pricing). If you don't upload your manuscript 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. You have until the submission deadline to upload your manuscript file, but we encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order and upload the final version early in the event changes are needed to meet our publishing guidelines. After the submission deadline, you won't be able to make changes to your book until after the title is released.

  • Updates to manuscript and book details. You will not be able to update your manuscript file or book details after the submission deadline (within 72 hours of the release). You can make updates before the submission deadline and after the release. If your manuscript needs revisions and the file size increases, you might have to increase your list price so it meets our requirements.

  • List price. 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. This doesn't apply to Amazon.de and/or Amazon.in.

    Note: Pre-order books listed on Amazon.de are subject to the German fixed book price law. If you increase the price during the pre-order period, all prior orders are canceled. We'll notify customers who bought your book about the new price and provide details for how they can buy the book again.

  • 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 Book Promotions and Kindle Countdown Deals can be scheduled only after the book release.

  • Review process. Once you finish setting your book for pre-order, it will go through the review process. We review your book to ensure it meets our guidelines.
    • 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.
    • If the pre-order meets the guidelines, but we find that information is missing or that updates are required, we will notify you about this, and after you submit the required changes, we will review your updates..
    • We encourage you to finish setting up your pre-order early in the event changes are needed to meet these guidelines.


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.


List your eBook for pre-order

Set up your eBook

To set up your book for 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, under 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. Under Manuscript, 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 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. Under the Kindle eBook Actions menu next to the eBook you want to update, click on the ellipsis button ("...").
  3. Choose Edit eBook content.
  4. Under Manuscript, upload your final file.
  5. After your eBook converts successfully, click Save and continue. This takes you to the Kindle eBook Pricing page.
  6. Scroll to the button of the page and click Submit for pre-order.

Note: If you don't click Submit for pre-order, the changes, including the file you upload, won't be saved. This means that if your file is not saved by the deadline, the pre-order will be canceled and you won't be able to set up a pre-order for any eBook for one year.



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.

StatusWhat it means
Pre-order Draft Information for your pre-order title has been entered, but the Submit for Pre-order button has not been selected. To publish your book, you need to click on the button mentioned above.
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. You will not be able to update your manuscript file or details within 72 hours of the release 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

You can move up, delay or cancel the release date for your pre-order. See below how to change your release date and some additional information:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Under the Kindle eBook Actions menu next to the eBook you want to update, click the ellipsis button ("...").
  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 of the page and click Save and continue.
  7. Click Submit for pre-order.

Move up a release

Follow the instructions listed above to move up your release date. Note that 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.

Delay a release

Follow the instructions listed above to delay your release date. Note that if you need more time to finalize your file, you can delay your release date up to 30 days once without penalty. This one time exclusion applies to your whole catalog, not just the postponed book. If you delay the release a second time on a given title, you won't be able to set up a new pre-order for one year or extend release dates for other existing pre-orders. Any update to your release date must be made before your submission deadline. Customers who pre-ordered the eBook will receive an email telling them you delayed the release. As always, maintaining a positive customer experience is important, and part of that experience is releasing the right version of your book on schedule.

Cancel a release

To cancel your pre-order:
  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Under the Kindle eBook Actions menu next to the eBook you want to update, click the ellipsis button ("...").
  3. Choose Unpublish eBook.
  4. A message will display explaining you that if you cancel the pre-order you won’t be able to set up any other book for pre-order during one year.
  5. If you would like to continue, click Unpublish.


Important reminders about manuscript submission and deadlines

When you create a pre-order, you will have a submission deadline to upload your book manuscript. This deadline is shown to you while setting up your pre-order, however, you can also go back to your book’s set up page (this page is where you add your book details, content, pricing, etc.) to see a timer at the top of this page that will indicate you how much time you have left for making updates.

72 hours prior to your book release, we will start preparing to deliver your book to customers worldwide. During this time, you will not be able to make updates to your manuscript file or your book’s details. You will be able make updates to your book again after the release date.

Note that if you don't upload your manuscript 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. This is the why we recommend you to make all updates prior to the submission deadline.

Note: Our Customer Service team is also unable to make changes to your book after the submission deadline. We won’t be able to unlock your book to make additional edits.

See additional information below on how pre-order works:



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