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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In addition, Amazon encourages you to review the entire book for:
- Missing content
- Wrong content
- Typos and complete character support
- Alignment errors
- Forced typeface throughout the entire book (reflowable only) or correct font (fixed-layout)
- Image quality
- Proper paragraph spacing and indenting
- Forced font color or background color (reflowable only)
- Content accessibility errors, including:
- Missing or improperly nested headings
- Improperly described links
- Insufficient contrast between text and background colors (WCAG standards recommends a minimum contrast ratio of 4.5:1)
- Improperly structured data tables (see Create Simple HTML Tables)
- Images missing text alternatives (see Use Supported Input Formats)
Testing Kindle eBooks
There are three ways to test your Kindle book before adding it to the Kindle store:
- Kindle Previewer. Publishers and self-publishers can test eBooks using Kindle Previewer, available for both Windows and Mac OS X. Kindle Previewer is a great way to test your eBooks for formatting issues, and preview how they will appear on the latest Kindle devices and applications. Download the most recent version of Kindle Previewer (Note: Older versions of Kindle Previewer don't support Enhanced Typesetting).
- KDP. For self-publishers, Kindle Direct Publishing accepts a variety of book formats and provides preview capability on the website. Learn more or sign up.
- Kindle Create. If you're a self-publisher using Kindle Create to build your eBook, you can preview it in the tool.
If you are testing a reflowable eBook that supports Enhanced Typesetting, you can use the thumbnail view in Kindle Previewer to review the overall layout, or use Auto-Advance to automatically flip through the book. You can also selectively preview pages that contain images, tables, lists, drop caps, and links, using the View All option in the top pane of Kindle Previewer to ensure that each of these elements appear and behave as expected. For more details on using Kindle Previewer, refer to the user guide available in the Help menu.
Note: Amazon no longer recommends sideloading eBooks to devices for testing, because sideloading does not provide an accurate preview of Enhanced Typesetting features.
When you preview your book, use this checklist to confirm that your Kindle eBook doesn't contain blatant errors.
- Open the book for the first time and go to the cover.
- Cover: The Kindle book should have a cover.
- Single Cover: From the cover, flip to the next page. There should not be another image of the cover page.
- Go to the table of contents (where applicable).
- On the table of contents page of your eBook, confirm that each item is clickable and links to the correct location in the book. There should be no page numbers in the TOC.
- Repeat this process in the table of contents displayed in the left pane of the previewer.
- Go to any location in the book (reflowable eBooks only).
- Font size: Change the font size; the book font should change accordingly. Regular text should not be bold or italicized.
- Typeface: Change the typeface; the book font should change accordingly. If you have designed your book to use only a specific font file, make sure that you have followed the guidelines for embedded fonts. Not following these guidelines could lead to the Kindle settings reverting to the customer's preferred reading font.
- Go back to the first page and flip through every page of the book.
- Images: Images should not be too small. Make sure that all text in images is legible. Large pictures should be scaled to fit the page and display in their entirety on one screen.
- Tables: Tables should appear correctly. Make sure that all text in tables is legible.
- Material only included with physical book: There should not be any references to material (such as a CD or DVD) that is only included with the physical book.
- Background settings (reflowable eBooks only): Confirm that your text is legible in all background color modes (white, black, mint, and sepia).
- Magnification (fixed-layout only): Activate pop-ups/panel view and check that all text content and/or panels have corresponding magnification, no content is overflowing the edge of the screen, and magnified reading order is correct.
- To ensure a high-quality experience for all readers, Amazon recommends testing the accessibility of your book. Tools for checking content accessibility will vary based on your book format.
- Word: Use the built-in Accessibility Checker within Microsoft Word
- PDF: Use the built-in Accessibility Checker within Adobe Acrobat Pro
- EPUB: Use the ACE Accessibility Checker from the DAISY Consortium
- HTML: Convert your HTML file to Word and review content accessibility with the Microsoft Accessibility Checker.
Amazon recommends resolving all accessibility errors before uploading your manuscript to Kindle.