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Getting Started - Preparing Your Book

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

Step 1: Prepare

Prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word or a 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

See our Simplified Formatting Guide for more details.

KDP also supports illustrated books like comics or children's books. Learn more about KDP tools for illustrated and chapter books.

Once you upload your manuscript, we'll 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 browse our Help topics in the left-hand navigation bar. If you want help formatting your manuscript, you can also contact a professional conversion service.

Tip: Professional editing services are available for titles written in English.

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

  • Check out our merchandising tools. We list your book on Amazon websites to help suggest purchases for customers under page sections 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 (Abonnement Kindle in France) and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and to promote your book with Kindle Countdown Deals or Free Book Promotions.
  • Make your books available in as many formats as possible (print, Kindle, audio). This maximizes web exposure in search results and helps boost our automation and personalization algorithms.
  • Claim your author page on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Readers respond well to short, interesting author bios and clear photographs of the author (not their books). Make sure to link all your books to your page.
  • Get active on social media and blogs but don't limit yourself to promoting your books all the time. Your readers want to know about you as a person.
  • Consider adding a message in your book asking readers to leave reviews if they enjoyed it. You could also include a Q&A with yourself to give readers more information on you. We will automatically provide a link for reviews, but sometimes a personal message can have a big impact.
  • If you have more than one book available, you can include the first chapter of your next book at the end of your current book to whet the reader's appetite. Before you do this, make sure the next book is available for purchase or pre-order.

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