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X-Ray for Authors

X-Ray is a unique Kindle eBook feature that allows readers to learn more about a character, topic, event, place, or any other term, simply by pressing and holding on the word or phrase that interests them.

X-Ray for Authors is a free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) tool that enables you, the author, to add your own descriptions or commentary that will show up when the reader engages the X-Ray feature. With X-Ray for Authors, you can add new X-Ray entries, edit existing ones, or enable X-Ray for a new book.
 You can turn on X-Ray for any of your books using X-Ray for Authors (see steps below). To make it easy to get started, we automatically create X-Ray entries from Wikipedia content and excerpts from your book. All you have to do is review these entries, choose which ones you want to publish for readers, or replace them with your own custom commentary. 

To access X-Ray for Authors 

  • Log into your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account 
  • Select "Bookshelf" 
  • Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the "Kindle eBook Actions" menu next to the eBook you want to review 
  • Select "Add X-Ray" under Kindle eBook Actions. 
    Some books already have X-Ray. If yours does, select "Launch X-Ray" and you will be taken directly to the X-Ray for Authors tool. If not, we'll turn on X-Ray for your book and then, to make things easier, automatically create X-Ray entries from Wikipedia content and excerpts from your book. This process takes about 4 hours, and you'll get an email once it's done.

To change the view, click "Sort and filter" located on the top-left and select from the variety of filter options.   

Reviewing and editing content

The tool automatically links to Wikipedia articles and excerpts from your book. As you review items, you can either publish this content, replace it with your custom commentary, or provide your own description for a term or character. Entries can be as short as you like or as long as 1,200 characters.  

  • Publish Wikipedia content
       
    • Select the most relevant Wikipedia content 
    • Click on item on left-hand side 
    • Under the "Description" section click "Choose a Wikipedia article"
    • A list of articles will appear, select the most relevant one 
  • Write a Custom Description
       
    • Click on item on left-hand side 
    • Under the "Description" section click "Write Custom Description" 
    • Add text up to 1,200 characters 
    • Click "Use Custom Description"
    •   

You can also choose to hide a term by selecting "No" under "Do you want readers to see a description of this item?" However, we only recommend hiding terms that may provide spoilers or give away key plot points or character development.

Please note that X-Ray content is subject to our content guidelines which you can view here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A1MMQ0JHRBEINX

What's allowed 

  • Your own custom descriptions 
  • Wikipedia links

What's not allowed 

  • Other web links 
  • Sales or promotional content

Publishing 

  • Mark item as reviewed: Click the "Item Reviewed" switch from "Off" (gray) to "On" (orange) on the bottom left of the item review pane. If you choose "On" you'll notice the status of the item change to "pending publication" on the top right of the page and in the item list bar on the left. At the very top of the page, it will be added to the number of reviewed items that are ready to publish. If you change your mind, click the "Item Reviewed" switch and change it back to "Off."
  •  
  • Publish as you go: When you are done reviewing your content and are ready to publish to your readers, click "Review and Publish X-ray" at the top right side of the review pane. You do not have to add all your X-Ray content and publish in one session. You can add content for a few terms, or even just one at a time, and publish in batches.

 Ready to get started? Find more detailed tips on getting started with X-Ray for your book.

X-Ray is a unique Kindle eBook feature that allows readers to learn more about a character, topic, event, place, or any other term, simply by pressing and holding on the word or phrase that interests them.

X-Ray for Authors is a free Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) tool that enables you, the author, to add your own descriptions or commentary that will show up when the reader engages the X-Ray feature. With X-Ray for Authors, you can add new X-Ray entries, edit existing ones, or enable X-Ray for a new book.
 You can turn on X-Ray for any of your books using X-Ray for Authors (see steps below). To make it easy to get started, we automatically create X-Ray entries from Wikipedia content and excerpts from your book. All you have to do is review these entries, choose which ones you want to publish for readers, or replace them with your own custom commentary. 

To access X-Ray for Authors 

  • Log into your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account 
  • Select "Bookshelf" 
  • Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the "Kindle eBook Actions" menu next to the eBook you want to review 
  • Select "Add X-Ray" under Kindle eBook Actions. 
    Some books already have X-Ray. If yours does, select "Launch X-Ray" and you will be taken directly to the X-Ray for Authors tool. If not, we'll turn on X-Ray for your book and then, to make things easier, automatically create X-Ray entries from Wikipedia content and excerpts from your book. This process takes about 4 hours, and you'll get an email once it's done.

To change the view, click "Sort and filter" located on the top-left and select from the variety of filter options.   

Reviewing and editing content

The tool automatically links to Wikipedia articles and excerpts from your book. As you review items, you can either publish this content, replace it with your custom commentary, or provide your own description for a term or character. Entries can be as short as you like or as long as 1,200 characters.  

  • Publish Wikipedia content
       
    • Select the most relevant Wikipedia content 
    • Click on item on left-hand side 
    • Under the "Description" section click "Choose a Wikipedia article"
    • A list of articles will appear, select the most relevant one 
  • Write a Custom Description
       
    • Click on item on left-hand side 
    • Under the "Description" section click "Write Custom Description" 
    • Add text up to 1,200 characters 
    • Click "Use Custom Description"
    •   

You can also choose to hide a term by selecting "No" under "Do you want readers to see a description of this item?" However, we only recommend hiding terms that may provide spoilers or give away key plot points or character development.

Please note that X-Ray content is subject to our content guidelines which you can view here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A1MMQ0JHRBEINX

What's allowed 

  • Your own custom descriptions 
  • Wikipedia links
  • Text-based content for links (X-Ray links use text, not images)

What's not allowed 

  • Other web links 
  • Sales or promotional content
  • Images for links (X-Ray does not place links on images or other non-text media)

Publishing 

  • Mark item as reviewed: Click the "Item Reviewed" switch from "Off" (gray) to "On" (orange) on the bottom left of the item review pane. If you choose "On" you'll notice the status of the item change to "pending publication" on the top right of the page and in the item list bar on the left. At the very top of the page, it will be added to the number of reviewed items that are ready to publish. If you change your mind, click the "Item Reviewed" switch and change it back to "Off."
  •  
  • Publish as you go: When you are done reviewing your content and are ready to publish to your readers, click "Review and Publish X-ray" at the top right side of the review pane. You do not have to add all your X-Ray content and publish in one session. You can add content for a few terms, or even just one at a time, and publish in batches.
Adding and removing content
You can always add new X-Ray entries to your book, and you can edit any entries as well--even the ones added by Amazon. You can even remove any character and term from the list of X-Ray content in your book. 
Once your book has X-Ray content, keep in mind that the feature will always be part of your book. You can add and change the content entries, but you won't be able to remove the feature completely. 

 Ready to get started? Find more detailed tips on getting started with X-Ray for your book.


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