Prepare, Publish, Promote
- Getting Started
Prepare Your Book
Format Your Manuscript
eBook Manuscript Resources
- eBook Manuscript Formatting Guide
- eBook File Formatting Tips
- Supported eBook Formats
- eBook Conversion Formats
- Create a Table of Contents
- Format Images in Your eBook
- Character Encoding
- Create Links to Footnotes
- Reduce Your eBook Manuscript File Size
Paperback Submission Overview
- Paperback Interior Design
- Paperback Manuscript Templates
- Build Your Book - Format a Paperback Manuscript (Word for Windows)
- Build Your Book - Format a Paperback Manuscript (Word for Mac)
- Build Your Book – Format a Paperback Manuscript (Pages for Mac)
- Format Images in Your Paperback
- Paperback Fonts
- Create a Paperback PDF File
- Paperback Submission Guidelines
- Formatting on a Mac
- eBook Manuscript Resources
- Create Your Cover
- Format Your Manuscript
Publish Your Book
Enter Book Details
- Enter eBook Details
- Enter Paperback Details
- eBook Metadata Guidelines
- Paperback Metadata Guidelines
- Supported HTML for Book Description
- Supported Languages
- Publishing Public Domain Content
- Make Your Book More Discoverable with Keywords
- Browse Categories
- Enter Age and Grade Ranges
- Series Collection
- Upload Content
Set Rights and Pricing
- Enter Pricing Information
- Paperback Pricing
- eBook Distribution Rights
- Paperback Distribution Rights
- Expanded Distribution
- Enter Book Details
Promote Your Book
Kindle Merchandising Programs
- Author Central
- Lending for Kindle
- Buying and Gifting eBooks for Others
- Sample Chapters
- Kindle Countdown Deals
- Kindle Unlimited
- Kindle eBook Pre-Order
- KDP Select
- Free Book Promotions
- Kindle Owners' Lending Library
- Advertising for KDP Books
- Merchandising Tips
- Customer Reviews
- Amazon Programs
- Kindle Merchandising Programs
Tools and Resources
- KDP Tools and Resources
- Kindle Create Help Overview
- Kindle Previewer
- Kindle Comic Creator
- Kindle Kids' Book Creator
- Quality Issues Dashboard
- Enhanced Typesetting
- X-Ray for Authors
- Manage Your Books
Sales, Royalties, Taxes
- Sales Reports
- Getting Paid
- Tax Information Requirements
- Tax Forms
- Tax Account Status
- Tax Interview
- Tax Withholding
- Applying for a U.S. TIN (Taxpayer ID Number)
- Tax ID Validation
- Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions
- Program Policies
Kindle Publishing Guidelines
- Getting Started
- General Best Practices
Guidelines for Specific Types of eBooks
- Creating Reflowable Books
- Creating Fixed-Layout Books with Text Pop-Ups
- Creating Fixed-Layout Books with Image Pop-Ups or Virtual Panels
- Creating Fixed-Layout Books Without Pop-Ups
- Creating Kindle Editions with Audio/Video Content
- Creating Dictionaries
- Kindle Publishing Guidelines
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Paths to Getting Your Content on Kindle
Kindle Direct PublishingSelf-publishers can convert books into electronic format using Amazon's self-publishing tools and sell them on Amazon Kindle with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is a fast, easy selfpublishing system for Amazon Kindle. Upload your content, enter sales copy and pricing information, and publish in minutes. Learn more or sign up.
Kindle CreateUse Kindle Create (PC or Mac) to transform your completed manuscript into a beautiful Kindle eBook. You can make three types of eBooks with Kindle Create:
- If you have a text-heavy book, your DOC(X) file is converted into a "reflowable" eBook. Reflowable eBooks allow the reader to resize text and are available on all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications. Reflowable books can be read using a screen reader or refreshable braille display when supported by the device or reading application.
- If you have a comic book or graphic novel, your PDF is converted into a comic eBook. Comic eBooks include Guided View, which animates panel-to-panel movement with each swipe to give a clear indication of how the story progresses across each page. Comic eBooks do not currently provide support for reading with a screen reader.
- If you have a book with lots of images and complex formatting, your PDF is converted into a Print Replica eBook. Print Replica eBooks maintain the look of their print editions and offer many of the advantages of standard Kindle eBooks, but they do not allow the reader to resize text and are only available on certain devices. They are also not accessible to readers using screen readers or refreshable braille displays.
Kindle Create supports eBooks in Dutch, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Malayalam, Marathi, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tamil. Kindle Create is available for PC (Windows 7 or later) and Mac OS (10.9 or later). Download the most recent version of Kindle Create.
Creating Kindle Books In-House Using Kindle Publisher ToolsPublishers can create Kindle books in-house from HTML, XHTML, and EPUB files by using the Kindle Publisher tools. Amazon officially supports these tools to create books for publishing on Kindle. Files created with third-party software may not work properly on current or future Kindle devices and applications.
KindleGenKindleGen is a command line tool that can be used for validating your files for publishing errors. KindleGen accepts source content in HTML, XHTML, or EPUB-compliant files (see IDPF's EPUB spec). Download the most recent version of KindleGen. The instructions for installing KindleGen can be found in the KindleGen ReadMe file in the downloaded file folder.
As conversion progresses, KindleGen displays informational messages. If KindleGen encounters issues while converting a file, it displays a warning or error.
Amazon strongly recommends fixing all KindleGen warnings and errors to ensure successful publishing of the book to the Kindle store, and to ensure that there is no impact to the readability of the book on Kindle devices and applications.
Kindle PreviewerKindle Previewer is a tool that imitates how books display on Kindle devices and applications. Kindle Previewer makes it easy to preview the layout of a book and make sure its content displays properly for different screen sizes, display orientations, and font sizes.
Kindle Previewer 3 supports previewing your book with the latest typographic and layout improvements that come with Enhanced Typesetting, and provides a better reflection of how your book is delivered to customers' devices. You can get a bird's-eye view of your book to quickly validate the overall layout, and selectively preview key aspects such as images, tables, drop caps, links, and lists.
Kindle Previewer is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Download the most recent version of Kindle Previewer.
Kindle Comic CreatorKindle Comic Creator is a free tool for authors and publishers to turn graphic novels, comics, and manga into Kindle books. Kindle Comic Creator makes it easy to import original artwork, optimize the experience of readers, and preview how a book will look on Kindle devices.
Kindle Comic Creator accepts single or multi-page source files in PDF, JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, PPM, or PNG formats, so authors are free to create artwork using their preferred design tools. More detailed guidance for graphic novels/manga/comics can be found in section 11.
Kindle Comic Creator is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Download the most recent version of Kindle Comic Creator.
Kindle Kids' Book CreatorKindle Kids' Book Creator is a free tool that authors and publishers can use to turn illustrated kids' books into Kindle books. This tool makes it easy to import original artwork, optimize the experience of readers, and preview how a book will look on Kindle devices and applications.
Kindle Kids' Book Creator accepts source files in JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, PNG, and PPM formats, so authors are free to create artwork using their preferred design tools. More detailed guidance for children's books can be found in section 10.
Kindle Kids' Book is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Download the most recent version of Kindle Kids' Book Creator.
Third-Party Conversion ServicesPublishers have the option to outsource conversion of titles from a variety of file formats to eBook formats. Conversion houses offer publishers solutions and services that include taking a variety of input formats and creating eBook or print-ready output. The typical input formats are:
- Word (DOC, DOCX), Rich Text Format (RTF), Text (TXT)
- Scan of print book
- FrameMaker, InDesign, PageMaker, QuarkXPress
- XML (such as DocBook, etc.)
- HTML, XHTML
- EPUB (also known as IDPF or OEB)
The preferred outputs from conversion houses to be processed by Amazon are:
- Books in EPUB/MOBI format
- Metadata in ONIX format (XML)
Conversion houses can be of service in helping publishers supply eBook retailers with metadata.