Understanding how to update your book on Amazon Kindle after publication is so important, as is making sure you know exactly what it is you can and can't change after you click the publish button. Here we will talk you through the necessary steps to amend your book details and keep it up to date, as well as explain the details that you won't be able to edit after publishing your book.
To make amends to your book, you must:
Head to your bookshelf and select the ellipsis button (“…”), which you can find under KINDLE EBOOK ACTIONS or PAPERBACK ACTIONS. If you have more than one book on your bookshelf, then it obviously needs to be the one next to the text you want to update.
From here, you can select to edit your eBook or paperback, which will take you to the page listing all the details for that particular version.
Here you will see what you can edit and do so accordingly, and then hit ‘Save and Continue' when you are finished.
This takes you to the content page. Continue to hit ‘Save and Continue' until you get to the pricing page where you should see a ‘publish' button at the bottom – hit this to make your changes live. However, there will be a delay as Amazon reviews all changes such as title, description, categories, or territories and publishing rights every time they are changed and will only allow the changes to go through if they meet the publication guidelines.
It is essential to be aware that if you make significant changes to the book, Amazon will likely consider this a new edition, and therefore this should be published as a new book. Only minor changes can be completed on an existing, published edition.
Those who are enlisted in Author Central can make some changes such as the main author name or description via the KDP Bookshelf and expect to see these live within 24 hours but be aware that you will also have to duplicate these changes in KDP. Keeping KDP up to date is imperative as product detail pages here display the information stored in KDP.
What can't you edit post-publication?
According to Amazon, for an eBook, you can't change the following:
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Title and/or Author name. If you want to do this, you will have to submit as a new edition.and will be required to include this disclaimer: “Previously published as [book title] by [author name].” Significant changes to both book title and author name aren't allowed.
According to Amazon, for a Paperback, you can't change the following:
Primary author name
Ink and paper type
Hopefully, this guide will help you better understand how to make minor edits to your books after publishing via Amazon and aware of what you cannot change – so need to be certain of first time. Good luck!
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