The Paperback Details tab requires you to enter basic information about your book, such as the Title, Author Name etc.
The first option is Language. It is set to English by default.
To select a different language, click the small arrow next to the text box to display a drop down list of available languages.
Click a language to select it.
Type the title of your book exactly as it will appear on the cover of your book. You can also type in the sub-title if applicable.
If the book is the first volume of a series – for example, a trilogy – type the name of the series and include the volume number.
Leave this option blank unless you have already published the paperback once and the current book is significantly different to the earlier version.
Note: publishing the book as an ebook or audio book does not count as a significant change. Nor does changing the appearance of the cover.
To be significant, a new version has to do one or more of the following:
- Add to the book, for example by adding extra chapters.
- Update the information in the book to make it current.
- Delete sections of the book.
This is where you enter the name or pseudonym of the Author:
There are five parts to the Author Name, but only the ‘Last Name’ field is compulsory. This point is important, because how the Author Name is filled in determines how it will appear on the Amazon website.
For branding and marketing reasons, it’s vital that the Author Name displayed on the Amazon website is identical to the Author Name that appears on the cover of the book.
In the screenshot above, the Last Name field is filled in, but all the other fields are left empty. This is to ensure that the Author Name on the Amazon website appears in lowercase letters with no spaces, just as it appears on the Absolute Beginners guides.
Note: once the Author Name has been saved, it cannot be changed.
Knowing whether to add a contributor can be slightly tricky.
In the KDP Print Publishing Guidelines, Contributors are defined as:
‘…the people involved in creating your book, including the name or pen names of authors, editors, illustrators, translators, and any others who helped create your book.’
The operative word here is ‘create’. For example, anthologies are usually created by multiple authors who all contribute to the whole – e.g. by contributing short stories or poems or articles etc. In this case, all of the authors have to be named.
Furthermore, such anthologies are often organised and co-ordinated by one editor who may set the theme for the entire anthology. This editor may also take responsibility for the implementation of the whole project. In this case, their contribution is vital and they must be named as well. The same is true of translators who create what amounts to a new version of the book in another language.
When it comes to illustrators, the degree of contribution varies. In a children’s book where the illustrations are just as vital as the text, the illustrator would have to be named. The designer of a simple book cover, however, is not contributing to an integral part of the book – i.e. the book can exist without that particular cover – therefore they do not need to be named.
If none of these conditions apply, leave the Contributors section empty.
Every book available for sale on Amazon includes a brief description of its contents.
This description can be critical in helping a reader decide to buy the book. It is therefore very important that the description:
- catches the reader’s eye,
- triggers their curiosity,
- yet does not give the whole story away.
The KDP description field allows a total of 4000 characters. This total includes the spaces between words. You can either type or cut-and-paste the description into the text box provided.
This option has to do with copyright and is a legal requirement:
If you are the author of the book, click the I own the copyright and hold the necessary publishing rights button [as shown above].
If you are not the author, and you are attempting to re-publish a book that already exists in the Public Domain, click the button for ‘This is a public domain work’.
Although this option is not mandatory, keywords do help readers find your book, and discoverability is vital for self-publishers.
Each book is allowed up to 7 keywords which can be single words, or phrases such as ‘binary star system’ or ‘virtual reality’.
KDP allows two categories per book. To select the first category, click the Choose Categories button:
KDP displays the Categories popup with the major categories displayed:
Next to each major category is a + symbol that indicates sub-categories are available.
To open the sub-categories, click the symbol next to the category.
To select a category for your book, click the checkbox next to it.
To change the selected categories, uncheck the box next to the category, or click the blue ‘Remove’ option next to the selected category.
To save your selections and exit the popup, click the Save button.
Adult Content is defined as ‘language, situations or images’ that are inappropriate for children under the age of 18. Click whichever button applies to your book.
Finally, click the Save and Continue button at the bottom of the screen to move on to the Paperback Content tab.