Getting Started - Preparing Your Book

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) helps you publish your book directly to Kindle devices and apps yourself. Through KDP, you can convert your book to an e-book and sell it on the Amazon Kindle Store.

Step 1: Prepare

Prepare your manuscript using Microsoft Word or any similar program. KDP supports many formats, but these produce the most consistent results when converted for reading on Kindle devices and apps:
  • Word doc/docx
  • HTML
  • Mobi
  • ePub
KDP also supports illustrated books like comics or children's books. Learn more about using Kindle tools to prepare illustrated and chapter books on KDP.
Once you upload your manuscript, KDP will automatically convert your book for Kindle. To learn more about preparing your book, you can download our official Building Your Book for Kindle guide, or use the help links to the left of this page to learn how to prepare a professional-quality digital file of your book.

Step 2: Publish

Once your book is live, KDP will show you detailed reports to help you track sales and earned royalties.

Step 3: Promote

  • Access our Amazon merchandising tools. Our tools list your book throughout global Amazon websites in page sections that suggest purchases for customers—areas like "More Items to Consider…," "Customers with Similar Searches Purchased…," "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…," and "Shopping Cart Recommendations."
  • Enroll your book in KDP Select to earn higher royalties, reach new readers through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and call attention to your book with tools like Kindle Countdown Deals and Free Book Promotions.
  • Make sure your books are available in as many formats as possible (print, Kindle, audio). This maximizes exposure onsite, in search results and helps boost our automation and personalization algorithms.
  • Claim your author page on both and A short, snappy interesting biography works as well as a clear photograph of yourself rather than your books. Make sure to link all of your books to your page and pull in your Twitter feed if you have one.
  • Get active on social media and blogs but be careful not just to promote your books all the time – your readers want to know about you as a person.
  • Consider a message to readers in your book asking them to leave a review if they enjoyed the book or doing a Q&A with yourself to give readers more information on you. We will automatically provide a link to leave a review but sometimes a personal message can have a major impact.
  • Consider including the first chapter of your next book at the end of your current book to whet the reader's appetite. Make sure the next book is at least available to pre-order if not to buy first though!

Related Topics:

  • Supported Languages
  • Content Guidelines
  • Copyright Guidelines

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