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Holiday Season FAQ

We typically experience high demand during the holiday season, which can extend delivery times for orders. We encourage authors to make any necessary book updates and place orders early, especially when planning critical or time-sensitive events.

Follow these steps to prepare now:

  1. If needed, update your book as soon as possible.
  2. Make note of our timelines for book updates to appear.
  3. Order proof copies and author copies early.
  4. Take note of our shipping options and times.
To find answers to commonly asked questions, review our FAQ below. If you have a question that isn’t covered below, try asking the KDP Community.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Proof and author copies Book updates and formatting issues

Proof and Author Copies

1. How do I order proof or author copies of my book?

For instructions on ordering copies, visit Proof Copies or Author Copies.

Note: Once your book goes Live, it can take an additional 24 hours for the option to order proof and author copies to become available in your Bookshelf.

There are some regions where you may need to order your proof or author copy from a different marketplace. Below, you’ll find instructions on where to place your order depending on where the order is being shipped.

Shipping to... Order from...
United States Amazon.com
Canada Amazon.com
United Kingdom Amazon.co.uk for paperback proof and author copies.

Hardcover proof and author copies are not currently available for Amazon.co.uk. To have hardcover proof and author copies delivered to the United Kingdom, select Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.fr, or Amazon.it to place your order.
France Amazon.fr
Italy* Amazon.it
Spain Amazon.es
Brazil Amazon.com
Portugal Amazon.es, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it
Germany* Amazon.de
Netherlands Amazon.de
Australia Amazon.com.au
New Zealand Amazon.com

*Swiss Customs Union

  • Switzerland - All postal codes excluding 7563 and 7559
  • Lichtenstein – All postal codes
  • Germany – Postal code 78266
  • Italy – Postal code 22060


Author copies cannot be shipped to Swiss Customs Union locations, however, you can purchase retail copies from EU marketplaces such as Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.fr.




2. What are the costs for proof or author copies?

When you order copies through your KDP Account, you’ll pay the author price for your own books. The author price can be calculated by multiplying the printing cost for your book in your selected marketplace times the number of copies ordered.

The print options you’ve chosen, such as trim size, interior type, page count, determine the print cost for your book. Print cost for proof and author copies does not include shipping charges or taxes. On Amazon.com, any applicable shipping charge and sales tax will be applied at checkout. For European orders, local VAT will be applied at checkout.

You will not earn royalties for proof copies or author copies.

3. What are the costs to ship proof or author copies?

The total shipping charge for an order depends on several factors, including how many items are in the order and how quickly you need those items to arrive. Shipping rates and times depend on the shipping speed and the weight/size of the items.

4. Can I use Prime shipping / can my shipping be expedited?

Proof and author copy orders are not eligible for Amazon Prime. All available shipping options and delivery estimates will be presented to you at checkout. Customer service is unable to increase the shipping speed on your order.

5. When will my proof or author copy arrive?

If you’ve placed an order and want to know when it will arrive, you can track the status of your order by visiting the Your Account page of the Amazon marketplace where you placed your order. For example, if you ordered from Amazon.com, you’ll go to Amazon.com and follow the steps below:

  1. From Your Account, click the Your Orders button to access your order history.
  2. Locate the order you wish to track, and click the Track Package button. If there is no Track Package button, your order has not yet shipped, however you will still see an estimated delivery date, or Arriving date, on the order.

6. My proof or author copy arrived damaged or defective.

For information and instructions for damaged or defective copies, visit Manage Orders.

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Book updates and formatting questions

7. What book formats and print options are available?

With KDP, you can make your book available in eBook, paperback, and hardcover formats. For information about our trim size, ink, and paper options by format, visit Print Options.

8. How can I make formatting updates to my book?

We recommend visiting our formatting guides for eBook, paperback, or hardcover. eBooks, paperbacks, and hardcover books each have different formatting guidelines, so we suggest reviewing each resource separately.

9. How can I troubleshoot formatting issues with my book?

To troubleshoot issues with paperback or hardcover books, visit Fix Paperback and Hardcover Formatting Issues. For eBooks, visit eBook File Formatting Tips.

10. How can I set or update my book categories?

To learn how to add or update your book categories, visit Browse Categories.

11. How do I link my eBook and print book?

For instructions on linking your books, visit Link Your Books.

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