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Prepare Your Book

Get your book ready to publish. Check out these helpful resources to format and preview your book.


eBooks

The process to create your eBook is simple:

1.

Prepare your Manuscript

Create your manuscript with Kindle Create

If you want to format your manuscript yourself, check: eBook Formatting Guide

If your manuscript is already formatted, check our Supported eBook Formats

Check Create a Table of Contents in Word to have guidance on TOC creation

Edit your eBook, with Update Your Manuscript

You can have professionals handle your book’s formatting, file conversion, or translation. Visit Publishing Service Providers & Resources

2.

Get your Cover ready

Create an eye-catching cover with the Cover Creator tool

Want to create an eBook cover yourself? Visit our Create an eBook Cover guide

For professional designers, visit: Publishing Service Providers & Resources.


3.

Check your eBook in Kindle Previewer

See how your eBook will look before you publish it with Kindle Previewer




Paperback

The process to create your Paperback is simple:

1.

Prepare your Manuscript

Check paperback formatting templates in Paperback Manuscript Templates

If you want to format your manuscript yourself, check: Paperback Submission Overview

To see which fonts are allowed, visit: Paperback Fonts

Check printing specifications in Print Options

Issues with the format? Check: Troubleshoot Paperback Formatting Issues

Paperback - eBook conversions formats: eBook Conversion Formats

You can have professionals handle your book’s formatting, file conversion, or translation. Visit: Publishing Service Providers & Resources


2.

Get your Cover ready

Create an eye-catching cover with the Cover Creator tool

Download the Paperback Cover Templates in Paperback Cover Templates guide

Create a Paperback Cover follow file guidelines in Create a Paperback Cover guide

For professional designers, visit: Publishing Service Providers & Resources.


3.

Order Proof Copies

Order copies of your book to check errors before it goes live. For details, visit Proof Copies


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Webinars

You can register for our webinar sessions here: Webinars

You can watch the recorded webinar sessions here: Previous Webinars


Frequently asked questions

  1. What do I need to know about ISBNs?
    • eBooks: An ISBN isn't required to publish an eBook with KDP. After your eBook is published on KDP, Amazon assigns it a 10-digit ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number).
    • Paperbacks: KDP can provide you with a free ISBN to publish your paperback. You can buy your own ISBN from Bowker or through your local ISBN agency.
  2. What about copyright?
    • Your work is under copyright protection the moment it's created and fixed in a tangible form. We don't require a copyright page, but many authors choose to include one. If you have more questions about copyright, please consult an attorney. See our copyright guidelines.
  3. How do royalties and payments work?
    • eBook royalties: You can choose between two royalty options for each of your eBooks: the 35% royalty option and the 70% royalty option.
    • Paperback royalties: KDP offers a fixed 60% royalty rate for paperbacks sold on Amazon marketplaces where KDP supports paperback distribution. Your royalty is 60% of your list price. We subtract printing costs, which depend on page count, ink type, and the Amazon marketplace your paperback was ordered from.
    • Payments: KDP pays royalties every month, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which they were earned. Learn more about Getting paid.

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