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Proof Copies

Proof copies are snapshots of how your paperback would print before it goes through our quality review. You can check for grammatical errors, typos, and formatting. You can also review images or graphics to make sure they meet your expectations. Ordering proofs isn't mandatory. If you order a proof, you can submit your book for publication right away or wait until you receive and review the proof. It's up to you. However, if your submission doesn't pass our quality review, you'll need to edit your files and resubmit them.

Proofs are different from regular copies. They have a "Not for Resale" watermark on the cover but no ISBN. During printing, we place a unique barcode in the lower right-hand corner of the back cover. If you have images or text on this part of the cover, the barcode will cover them.


Order proof copies

You can only order proofs for books in "Draft" status, and you need to approve the book in Print Previewer first.

  1. Go to your KDP Bookshelf.
  2. Find the paperback you want to order.
  3. In the ellipsis ("...") menu, click Request Printed Proofs.
  4. Choose the order quantity. You can order up to five copies at a time.
  5. Choose an Amazon marketplace. You can order copies from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es. Choose the marketplace closest to your shipping location. For example, if your shipping address is in Canada, choose Amazon.com. For addresses in Brazil, choose Amazon.com. For addresses in the Netherlands, choose Amazon.de.
  6. Click Submit Proof Request.

Within four hours of submitting your request, you'll receive an email with a link to complete your proof order. You need to complete your purchase within 24 hours of receiving this email.

After you receive the email and click the link to complete your order, you'll be sent to the Amazon cart or basket. You can use your existing payment information and delivery addresses or add addresses to send copies to reviewers.

Issues ordering?

Troubleshoot common problems with proof orders:

  • Empty cart or basket. Common reasons why your cart or basket is empty or missing items:
    • Not signed in to your KDP account. If you add items to your cart or basket while signed in to your KDP account and then sign out, your items will seem to disappear. If this is the case, you should be able to retrieve your cart or basket by signing back in to your KDP account.
    • Expired proof request. Within four hours of requesting proof copies, you'll receive an email with a link to complete the order. If you don't complete the order within 24 hours of receiving this email, the request expires. If your request expires, you can submit another proof request.
    • Different marketplace chosen. When you choose a marketplace for your request, you'll complete your order by going to the corresponding Amazon site. For example, if you choose Amazon.co.uk, you need to go to your Amazon.co.uk basket to complete the order.
  • No option to order. To order proof copies, you need to approve the book in Print Previewer. Also, if you already submitted your book for publication, you won't be able to order proofs.
  • No proof request confirmation email. Within four hours of requesting your proof, you'll receive an email with a link to complete your order. After you receive this email, click Proceed to Shopping cart/basket to complete your order. If you can't find the email or you deleted it, check your cart or basket for your proof order.
  • Browser issues. Sometimes you may have trouble ordering copies because of your web browser. Try clearing your cache and deleting your cookies. The steps for doing this different for every browser. Please check your browser's help files for more information.

Supported languages

Proof copies are available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Shipping options

Proof copy orders don't qualify for free or Prime shipping, but all paid standard and expedited Amazon shipping options are available. You can ship copies to multiple shipping addresses by placing separate orders for each destination.

Shipping rates

Amazon shipping rates depend on the selected shipping speed and weight or size of the items. You can see the applicable shipping rate for items in your cart. The total shipping and handling cost will be listed under in your order summary.

Shipping restrictions

Certain restrictions prevent us from shipping proof copies to all geographical locations. You'll be notified at checkout if we can't ship copies to the address you entered.

For example, we can't ship copies to addresses in Australia or addresses in territories that belong to the Swiss Customs Union. However, authors and publishers in these locations can order retail copies of their paperbacks. Learn more about international shipping.

Pricing and discounts

When you order proof copies through your KDP account, you pay the printing cost for your selected marketplace for each copy. The trim size, interior type and page count determines this price and doesn't include shipping charges or taxes. For estimated printing costs, use our calculator.

This price is the lowest price we can offer for your book. We can't offer additional discounts.


Proof copies are subject to taxes. On Amazon.com, any applicable sales tax is applied at checkout. For European orders, local VAT is applied at checkout.

You might qualify to make tax-exempt purchases. Learn more about the Amazon Tax Exemption Program.

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