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Books Titles & Editions

The title field should only contain the actual title of your book as it appears on your book cover. What you input here will show as your book’s title on your product page. Customers pay special attention to errors in titles. They may question your book’s authenticity if the title doesn’t match between the Amazon detail page and the cover of your book.

Title do’s and don’ts

Do enter your title name exactly as it reads on the cover of your book. Nothing more, nothing less.

Do ensure your title is exactly the same for both your paperback, hardcover, and eBook versions. This is how they are linked together on one detail page.

Don’t add anything from the following list of prohibited items in the title field:
  • Unauthorized reference to other titles or authors
  • Unauthorized reference to a trademarked term
  • Reference to sales rank (e.g., "bestselling")
  • Reference to advertisements or promotions (e.g., "free")
  • Only Punctuation (e.g. "!!!!!!!!")
  • Using only "unknown", "n/a", "na", "blank", "none", "null", "not applicable"
  • Repeating generic keywords like "notebook" , "journal" , "gifts" , "books",etc.


A subtitle is an optional secondary title that contains additional information about the content of your book. Together, your title and subtitle must be 200 characters or less. Your subtitle should adhere to the same guidelines as your title above.

What is an example subtitle? Mary Shelley gave her most famous novel the title “Frankenstein”; with a subtitle of “The Modern Prometheus”. Her book can be called and is recognizable by both names. By using the subtitle “The Modern Prometheus”, she references the Greek Titan as a hint of the novel’s themes.

Note: If using a subtitle, a colon will be automatically added between the title and subtitle on the Amazon detail page.


An edition is a particular version of your book. The edition number tells readers whether the book is an original version or an updated version. Books that change frequently or go through annual updates (such as textbooks) need to have edition numbers. If this is the first time you have published this book and you anticipate future editions, enter the numeral 1. If the book was previously published and the version you are publishing contains significant changes, enter the numeral 2 (and so on).

Each time you make significant changes to your book, it is considered a new edition. Significant changes include updates to the core book details (author name, cover, title, etc.) and/or changes to the book content and manuscript. Small changes such as typos or capitalization fixes do not require a new edition number.

Note: Old editions of your book may be sold if there is still inventory available, or if a third party seller is offering it.

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