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Create a Book

KDP’s book setup makes it easy for you to upload, enter, and modify your book before publishing. The information you enter during this setup will be used in creating your book’s Amazon detail page. The detail page is where readers go to buy your book. If you want to sell your book as both an eBook and a paperback, be sure to create both formats in your KDP account and link them together.

Note: Before publishing your book, don’t forget to format your manuscript and cover. You can review our guidelines and recommendations on Paperback Formatting and eBook Formatting in our Help Center.



Enter Book Details

Entering your book details is the first step towards publishing your book. These details directly correlate with what shows up on the Amazon detail page for your book. You have full control over what is displayed. However, keep in mind that some of these fields cannot be modified once your book is published. We recommend paying extra close attention to ensure all of these details are correct.

To see an example of how your book details will show up on your detail page visit J.K. Rowling’s page for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

To see a list of what details can and cannot be changed after publishing, visit our Update Your Book Details page.

The title, subtitle, author name, series information, and ISBN in your manuscript file must match the details you enter during title setup. Kindle eBooks and paperbacks are linked automatically if the author name and book title of both editions match exactly. During the publishing process, KDP tries to match book details like title and author name to other editions available in the Amazon catalog.

Entering your book details is the first step of the setup workflow. To begin, follow the steps below:
  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Click the “+” button for the type of book you want to start under the “Create a New Title” section.

For more specific information, tips, tricks, and recommendations on each detail, use the links below:

BOOK TITLE & EDITIONS


How to write an effective title and when to use edition numbers. Learn more


AUTHORS & CONTRIBUTORS


Instructions on how to add authors & contributors. Learn more


BOOK DESCRIPTION


Learn how to write an effective book description and what HTML can be used. Learn more



KEYWORDS


How to add/update keywords and best practices. Learn more

CATEGORIES


How to choose and update your book's categories. Learn more

PRE-ORDER (eBook only)


How pre-orders work. Eligibility and requirements. Learn more




Upload and Preview Book

The next step in the setup workflow is to upload and preview your book. Here, you can upload your manuscript and preview it to see exactly what your book will look like.

This section of the setup workflow also contains information about your book’s ISBN. Your book will need an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) in order to be published. To learn more about obtaining an ISBN for your book, check out our ISBN page.

Is your manuscript not quite ready for uploading? Visit our Paperback Submission Overview page to learn more about formatting your book.

Note: If you are publishing a paperback book, you will have to enter your print options before previewing. To learn more, visit out Print Options help page.



Set Rights & Pricing

The last step in our workflow is the Rights & Pricing section. Here you will set your book’s price, royalty rate, and agree to KDP’s Terms and Conditions before publishing. Your price can be modified at any time after your book is published.

Tip: Click the links and highlighted text you see in the setup workflow for extra tips, information, and guidance.


How do I choose the proper royalty rate? Check out our Price Your Book page for additional information.


What's Next?

If you are publishing a paperback, it’s time to start thinking about ordering your proof copies. Ordering a proof is not mandatory, although it gives you the option to see your book in person before publishing. If you order a proof, you can submit your book for publication right away or wait until you’ve received and reviewed the proof. It’s up to you.

Want to learn more about proof copies? Check out our Proof Copies help page.



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