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How does kindle direct self publishing work?

What is KDP?

KDP allows you to self-publish eBooks, paperbacks, and hardcover books for free. We give you direct access to your book on Amazon, and allow you to create a product detail page for your book. It also gives you the option to expand your book’s availability on a global scale, making it more accessible for readers around the world. Publishing with KDP gives you full rights to your book, which is not something a traditional publishing house typically allows.

Ready to get started? If you haven’t already, make sure to finish setting up your KDP account. Visit our Create a KDP Account page for more assistance.

What types of content can I publish through KDP?

KDP allows you to publish eBooks (Kindle) and paperback books. However, KDP does not allow the creation of magazines, periodicals, or spiral bound books.

Content types typically published using KDP include but are not limited to the following:

  • Novels
  • Book Series
  • Children's Books
  • Comics
  • Cookbooks
  • Journals
  • Poetry
  • Textbooks


Am I able to use KDP for content currently published elsewhere?

Yes, if you own the rights to your book you can publish using KDP if it has previously been published elsewhere. If your book has an existing ISBN from a different publisher, it must have the same title, author name, and binding type on KDP to continue using that ISBN. Any change to the details of your book will require it to be a new edition and have a new ISBN.

For additional information on publishing rights, visit our Intellectual Property Rights Frequently Asked Questions page.

The only circumstance in which your book cannot be sold on other platforms is if you enroll your eBook in KDP Select, which makes it exclusive to Amazon. For more information on this, visit our KDP Select page.

Learn more about our publishing requirements/guidelines