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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 your book.


How it works

You'll list your eBook as you would any other KDP eBook. When you're adding a new eBook, you can select the option to "Make my book available for pre-order" and set a date in the future under the Pre-order header.

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 Amazon.in, where pre-orders are not currently available. Your eBook will release at midnight local time in each marketplace.


The Timer

After you list a book for pre-order, you'll see a timer on the page that keeps track of the upcoming deadline for submitting the book.


Requirements

When you list an eBook for pre-order, you'll need to upload your eBook manuscript file. If your manuscript still needs revisions when you list it for pre-order, you'll want to make sure to upload your revised manuscript file at least 3 days (72 hours) before the pre-order release date. If the file size of your manuscript increases, you may be required to increase your list price in accordance with the List Price Requirements.

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. You'll need to upload your final pre-order eBook file and republish it at least 3 days (72 hours) before the release date. To help you keep track of the deadlines, you'll see a timer at the top of the book's title setup pages (details, content or pricing), counting down the days, hours, and minutes remaining before your eBook is due.


Eligibility

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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