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Author Copies

Author copies are prints of your "Live" paperback or hardcover submissions that you've made available for sale on Amazon. You can order copies at printing cost from your KDP Bookshelf.

 If you’ve already ordered an author copy, and you have a question or concern about the copy you received, visit Manage Orders.


How can I order author copies?

If you recently updated your book and want to order the most recent version of it, make sure you have clicked the Publish button after submitting your manuscript, and that the book status of your book is “Live.”

If you already clicked the Publish button but your book status remains “Live with unpublished changes,” you will receive the previous version of your book when placing an order. Learn more about our timelines for updates to published books.

Note that if you recently updated your book, and ordered a new copy, you may receive a copy from inventory that was printed prior to the changes. While KDP is a print-on-demand model, when a copy is printed on demand and later canceled, that copy remains in inventory until sold. You can check the printing date in the copy to confirm whether the copy was printed prior to the changes you submitted.

You can order author copies of books in "Live" status:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Find the paperback or hardcover book you want to order.
  3. Click the Order Author Copies button.
  4. Enter the order quantity.
  5. Choose an Amazon marketplace closest to your shipping location.
  6. Click Proceed to checkout. You'll be sent to the Amazon cart or basket of your chosen marketplace to complete your order.

Important: If your book is "Live with unpublished changes":

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Find the paperback or hardcover book you want to order.
  3. Click the ellipsis (“…”) menu, and select Order Author Copies.
  4. Choose the Amazon marketplace closest to your shipping location.
  5. Click Proceed to checkout. You’ll be sent to the Amazon cart or basket of your chosen marketplace to complete your order.

Quantity limits

You can order up to 999 author copies per order. If you want to order more than 999 copies, place separate orders. You pay shipping charges for each order.

If you receive a quantity limit message that prevents you from ordering up to 999 copies:

  1. From the Order author copies page, add the highest number of copies possible.
  2. Click Submit Order. This sends you to the Amazon cart or basket.
  3. Click Proceed to Checkout. You’ll go to a page, where you can change the order quantity.
  4. Change the quantity to desired amount.
  5. Click Update. If you don't click Update, the change won't take effect.
  6. Check your quantity and order total.
  7. When ready, click the Place your order button.
If you're unable to change the desired quantity after clicking Proceed to Checkout, you'll need to place two orders. Place your first order to buy the max quantity allowed. Then place a second order for the remaining quantity you want.

Issues ordering?

  • Wrong quantity. If you submit your order and the quantity displayed in the Amazon cart or basket is wrong, don't worry. To fix this, go to your cart or basket, where you can change the quantity to the number of copies you want, with a maximum of 999 units per order. The quantity can't be updated from your KDP Bookshelf.
  • No option to order. If your paperback or hardcover isn't available for sale on Amazon, the option to order won't appear. When the book status changes to "Live," you'll be able to order author copies. If your book is "Live" with unpublished changes, follow the instructions here.
  • Empty cart or basket. If your cart or basket is empty or items are missing from it, it's likely you aren't signed in to your KDP account. If you add items to your cart or basket while signed in to your 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. If your cart or basket is empty, it might also be because of the marketplace you chose for your request. To complete your order, you need to go to the corresponding Amazon site. For example, if you chose Amazon.co.uk when ordering copies, you need to go to your Amazon.co.uk basket to complete the order.
  • Browser issues. Sometimes you can have issues ordering copies because of your browser. Try clearing your cache and deleting cookies. Please check your browser's help files for more information.

Manage orders

Shipping options and times

Author copy orders don't qualify for free or Prime shipping, but all paid standard and expedited Amazon shipping options are available.

Our manufacturing and delivery estimates are based on the quantity ordered and selected delivery speed. The most up-to-date delivery estimate will display during checkout.

Actual manufacturing times fluctuate according to total order volume. There may be times that your order is manufactured faster than expected, but faster delivery isn't guaranteed. We recommend noting the Expected Delivery Date you're given when placing the order. This date takes manufacturing time into consideration, and can change depending on the demand. If there is a change in the Expected Delivery Date, you will be notified via email.

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.

Local shipping rates: Global shipping rates:

Shipping restrictions

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


  • Orders placed on Amazon.com.au can only be shipped to addresses in Australia. If you have rights in other territories, you can order from those marketplaces to ship to addresses outside Australia.
  • We can't ship author copies to addresses in territories that belong to the Swiss Customs Union. However, authors and publishers in these locations can still order retail copies of their paperback or hardcover books. Learn more about international shipping.

Pricing and discounts

When you order author 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.


Author copies are subject to taxes. The appropriate taxes are collected at checkout.

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

Reselling copies

You can resell author copies you ordered from KDP, but royalties aren't paid for author copies.

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