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KDP Jumpstart Topic 10 - Upload Your Book Content


After reading this topic, you'll be able to:

  • Upload your formatted interior file to KDP
  • Decide if you want to enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) for your eBook
  • Choose print options (e.g., trim size, paper, and cover finish) for your paperback
  • Enter an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • Preview your book before publishing it


You've completed Milestones 1 and 2. You're about to finish Milestone 3, which covers formatting your book and uploading it to KDP. Next, you'll set rights and pricing (Milestone 4).


Upload your manuscript file

In your KDP account, you'll upload the file you saved after formatting your manuscript. If you're publishing an eBook, this is the .kpf file you saved after formatting in Kindle Create. If you're publishing a paperback, this is the .doc(x) file you saved after formatting with Kindle Create Add-in for Microsoft Word.

Digital Rights Management

If you’re publishing an eBook, you'll decide if you want to enable Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM is intended to inhibit unauthorized access to or copying of digital content files. Some authors want the protection that DRM offers; others want readers to share their work so they can reach a wider audience and choose not to enable DRM.

TIP: DRM is a one-time option. It can't be changed after you publish.

Print options

If you're publishing a paperback, you'll need to decide which physical properties (ink, paper, trim size, and cover finish) you want it to have.

TIP: The print options you choose can't be changed after you publish. If you want to change them, you'll have to republish your book as a new edition.

International Standard Book Number

If you're publishing an eBook, you can enter an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) if you have one, but it's not required. If you're publishing a paperback, you have to enter an ISBN. You'll decide if you want to enter a free ISBN from KDP or provide your own. It's important to some authors to provide their own ISBN because it allows them to choose their book's imprint of record. An imprint is a trade name that a publishing company uses to publish a work. If you use your own ISBN to publish your paperback, you'll be prompted to enter the imprint name as well. The imprint you enter must match either the imprint or publisher name that appears in Bowker (the U.S. ISBN agency).

TIP: The ISBN you enter can't be changed after you publish. If you want to change it, you'll have to republish you book as a new edition.

Preview and save your file

You'll be able to preview your book, including your manuscript and cover, before you publish to ensure it looks as intended. 

When you're satisfied with your book, you'll save your file as a Word document and upload it to KDP later. After you upload your book, it will go through our content and quality review. If it doesn't pass our review, you'll need to edit your file and resubmit it.

TIP: Two of the most common formatting issues are conversion errors and illegible text. Watch the videos linked below to learn more.

You're getting closer to publishing your book. It's time to start thinking about what you want to do when your book is ready to release. For a handy checklist, read this article.


  1. Download or print the KDP Jumpstart companion guide. It provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on uploading your book content to KDP.
  2. Go to your Bookshelf and follow the instructions in the companion guide.
  3. When you're finished uploading your book content, save it.
  4. Next, you'll start Milestone 4, which explains rights and pricing. If you're publishing an eBook go to Topic 11. For paperbacks, go to Topic 12.

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