Kindle eBook Pre-order

You can make your new eBooks available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. Setting a pre-order allows customers to order your eBook as early as 90 days before its release date. When you make your eBook available for pre-order, customers can order it anytime leading up to the release date you set and it will be delivered to them on that date.

One advantage of pre-order is that you can start promoting your eBook before launch to help raise awareness. You can promote your eBook's pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your own site, and elsewhere. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising even before your eBook is released, which can help more readers discover it.

How it works
You'll list your eBook as you would any other KDP book. When you're adding a new eBook, on Step 4, "Select Your eBook Release Option," you will choose "Make my eBook available for pre-order" and set a date in the future. That's it.

Though your eBook isn't available for download yet, we'll still publish a product detail page for it within 24 hours of approval. Customers can order the eBook anytime leading up to the release date you set and it will be delivered to them on that date. However, customers won't be able to download sample content for pre-order eBooks during the pre-order period. After the release date, we will make sample content available for download.

You can list pre-order eBooks in all marketplaces except, where pre-orders are not currently available. Your eBook will release at midnight local time in each marketplace. 

When you list an eBook for pre-order, you'll need to upload your eBook manuscript file. If your manuscript is still in draft (needing copyediting and proofreading) when you list your eBook for pre-order, you'll want to make sure to upload your final manuscript file at least 3 days before the pre-order release date. Whether you upload the draft or final version of your manuscript, we'll need to preview your manuscript content for compliance with our Program Policies before we create the pre-order detail page. It will go through the same review process that any other KDP eBook would. Your final version must be uploaded and republished at least 3 days before the release date you set, with the last day for upload starting at midnight, U.S. Eastern time. For example, if you were releasing an eBook on September 20, you would need to upload and republish it by 11:59 PM Eastern time on September 16 (4:59 AM UTC the following day).

Only new KDP eBooks are eligible for pre-order. Public domain eBooks are not eligible for pre-order. You may list up to 10 titles at once for pre-order, with room for more pre-order listings as you release each title.

Reporting and Royalty
Your pre-order report is updated as orders are placed. This report includes pre-ordered units, pre-order cancellations, and net pre-order units. Your pre-order sales data will not appear in other reports until after your eBook is delivered to customers on its release date. After that, you'll see pre-order units listed in the Prior Months' Royalties report, under the "Pre-order" transaction type.

Once your eBook is released and customers start downloading their copies, you will receive credit for final sales. Once you meet the monthly minimum sales threshold, you'll be paid royalty approximately 60 days after the end of the month.

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