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Kindle Vella - Content Guidelines

Existing content and metadata guidelines for eBooks apply for Kindle Vella content. In addition to our eBook guidelines, we've listed new guidelines related to Kindle Vella.

Contents

Content

Kindle Vella is a serial reading experience. To protect readers from purchasing Kindle Vella content they have already read in a different format, you cannot:
  • Publish in Kindle Vella content that is in the public domain or freely available on the web.
  • Break down your previously published book or long-form content into Episodes and republish in Kindle Vella, even if that book or long-form content is no longer available or is written in another language. If your Episode or Story is derived from another work you have authored (e.g., it continues the story from a book), you may include up to 5,000 words of content from the other work in the first Episode to bridge the story, provided you control the rights to do so.
If you wish to incorporate your Kindle Vella content into long-form content (e.g., a book) in any language, you may do so providing you follow these requirements:
  • In order to publish a completed Kindle Vella story or group of episodes as a book or other long-form format, the last episode must have been available to readers in the Kindle Vella store for at least 30 days. You can see the latest publication date for episodes on your Story Manager page.
  • A book or other long-form format containing republished Kindle Vella content must contain a minimum of 10 episodes. Individual episodes may not be published as standalone content outside of the Kindle Vella store.
  • A Kindle Vella episode may only be republished in one book or other long-form format (i.e., you cannot publish Episode 10 in two different books).
Please note: For episodes published before Kindle Vella stories become available to readers, the day Kindle Vella stories become available to readers will count as the first day of the 30-day period for this guideline.

You can unpublish your content from the Kindle Vella store by contacting us. Since Kindle Vella stories are published and available to readers one episode at a time, we will remove your content 60 days after receiving your request for removal to provide active readers the chance to finish reading all available episodes of a story they may have started. Please note that removing your Kindle Vella story from the store is an action that cannot be undone.


Tags

You can add up to seven tags for each story. All published tags will function as search keywords for your story, but not all published tags will show on your story’s detail page or in the store. We reserve the right to update the Kindle Vella tags feature and our guidelines in order to provide the best customer experience.
  • Information covered elsewhere in your Story’s metadata (title, contributors, etc.)
  • Subjective claims about quality (e.g., "best", “best seller”, “Top Faved”)
  • Time-sensitive statements (e.g., "new")
  • Information common to most items in the category ("story")
  • Spelling errors
  • Anything misrepresentative, like the name of an author not associated with your Story
  • Amazon program names like "Kindle Vella"
  • Language promoting violence or intolerance
  • Sexually explicit language
  • All eBook keyword guidelines also apply to tags.

Author notes

This is a tool to build engagement on your story, so avoid including any links or prompting readers to leave the reading experience.


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