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Author Copies

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

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Order author copies

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

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Find the paperback you want to order.
  3. Click the Order Author Copies button.
  4. Enter the order quantity.
  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 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 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.
  • 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. The steps are different for every web browser. Please check your browser's help files for more information.


Supported languages

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



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 production 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 production time into consideration.



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 author 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 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 paperbacks. 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.



Taxes

Author 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.



Reselling copies

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



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