Selecting Browse Categories

Selecting a browse category for your book is a lot like deciding where your book should be shelved in a library.

When customers browse through the Amazon Kindle Store for books that might interest them, they are presented with genres and subgenres. By selecting browse categories, you decide which genres feature your book. KDP uses BISAC Subject Codes, an industry standard system, to help determine where your book should show up for browsing and searching customers. You can read more about the BISAC Subject Code system and see the most current list of codes here:

When creating a new title in KDP, you may choose up to 2 categories for your book. To help determine which categories best fit your book, you may consider searching for other titles in the Amazon catalog that are similar to yours. You can then find the browse categories that are assigned to those titles by scrolling down the book's detail page to the "Look for Similar Items by Category" section located at the bottom of the page. The categories you select for your book will be used to filter it into the most relevant customer searches and browse sections on Amazon.

Choosing the Best Browse Categories

There are three main criteria that will help you choose the best browse categories:

  1. Pick the most accurate categories. Make sure the categories you pick correctly describe the subject matter of your book.

  2. Select the most specific categories. It's better to choose more specific categories instead of more general categories. Customers looking for very specific topics will more easily find your book, and your book will be displayed in more general categories as well (for example, a book in the "FICTION > Fantasy > Historical" category will also show up in searches for general fiction and general fantasy books). You should only select a "General" category if your book is actually a general book about a broad topic.

  3. Ensure the categories you choose are not redundant. Since your book will be displayed in a variety of searches by choosing even a single category, you shouldn't place it in both a category and any of that category's sub-categories (for example, selecting both "FICTION Fantasy Historical" and "FICTION Fantasy"). Even selecting just one specific, accurate category is preferable to selecting an inaccurate category just to have a second category listed.

    Note: For titles to appear in the Children’s or Teen & Young Adult categories on,, and, you must select at least one Juvenile Category (BISAC Subject Code). Additionally, for Children's categories, set the minimum recommended reading age to 0 – 11 years old. For Teens & Young Adult categories on and,  set the minimum recommended reading age to 13 – 17 years old, and for, set the minimum recommended reading age to 12 – 15 years. On and, titles with a Juvenile Category and a minimum recommended age of 12 may be categorized in Children’s, Teens, or both depending on other information about the title.

Categories With Keyword Requirements

In order to list your title in certain sub-categories for and, you'll need to add Search Keywords in addition to the categories you choose for your title. Click a category below to see the keyword requirements. (US)

Biographies & MemoirsLGBT
Business & MoneyLiterature & Fiction
Children's eBooksMystery, Thriller, & Suspense
Comics & Graphic NovelsReligion & Spirituality
Health, Fitness, & DietingScience Fiction & Fantasy
HistoryTeen & Young Adult (UK)

Biography & True AccountsRomance
Crime, Thriller, & MysteryScience Fiction & Fantasy

Categories with Keywords in Other Languages

You can categorize books published in a language other than English by adding language-specific Search Keywords. Click a category below to see the keyword requirements.

French Language Categories:

Bandes dessinées et mangas

German Language Categories:

Biografien & Erinnerungen
Comics & Mangas

Italian Language Categories:

Fumetti e manga

Restricted Categories

There are a few categories in the Kindle Store which are restricted and may not be enabled by publisher choice.

- Kindle Singles
- Kindle Serials
- Single Issue Comics
- Kindle Short Reads

Series Categories

We're regularly adding to the list of Series categories, but we aren't able to accept requests for new Series categories at this time. Please check back later to see if the Series you're looking for has been added to the list.

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