How to Publish with KDP: Part Nineteen

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part nineteen in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Nineteen: How to link your eBook and Paperback edtions.

There are two areas where you will need to link your book editions:

  1. On your sales details pages
  2. On your KDP dashboard

If you have the same information for both formats, then Amazon should link your book details (sales) pages automatically within a few days of publication:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Volume
  • Edition
  • Language
  • Interior type (B&W or Full Colour)

As long as the top 6 items match on both the eBook and the Paperback details pages, then Amazon will link your editions on your sales pages for you.

If they don’t link together within a few days of publication, you will need to contact the KDP help desk to ask them to do it for you. To do that, you will need to provide the ASIN for the eBook and the ISBN for the Paperback.

To link up the editions on your dashboard, you will need to go to your KDP bookshelf >>>

 

Where the screenshot says ‘unlink books’ on my dashboard, you will see ‘link books’ if they need linking. Simply click that link (at the bottom of the dropdown menu) and your eBook will link with your Paperback on your dashboard.

Top tip: If you create your eBook and Paperback on the same level, instead of creating a new book each one, then the editions should link automatically for you.

What I mean by that is once you’ve created one edition, make use of the + option immediately below. So, let’s say you’ve created an eBook. Below that, you will see a large plus sign prompting you to add the Paperback. If you click on that, the two editions will link automatically.

However, if you ignore the large plus sign and, instead, click on ‘create a new book’, then you will need to link the edtions.

I recommend using the large plus sign for the second format.

More information on linking your book formats/edtions can be found HERE.

That’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, and I’ll see you all again on Friday, December 11th, where we’ll be taking a look at setting up your Amazon Author Page and using Author Central.

Past posts in this series:

Outline: https://wp.me/p7OGru-29c

Part 1 (Software for Writing) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29t

Part 2 (General Formatting Necessities) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-29J

Part 3 (Ebook Conversion) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2ah

Part 4 (Paperback Formatting) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2eS

Part 5 (Image Software for Making Book Covers) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gi

Part 6 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2gQ

Part 6 B (Making your own ebook cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2hQ

Part 7 A (Using Amazon’s Cover Creator Tool for Paperback) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2jY

Part 7 B (Making your own PDF book cover to upload to Amazon) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kf

Part 8 (Setting up your KDP account) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2kF

Part 9 (An overview of your KDP Dashboard) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2lq

Part 10 (Uploading your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2pL

Part 11 (Previewing your eBook) : https://wp.me/p7OGru-2qc

Part 12 (Editing your eBook): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Aa

Part 13 (Uploading your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Dz

Part 14 (Previewing your Paperback book): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Kf

Part 15 (Your Book Descriptions and HTML): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2P2

Part 16 (Your Book Categories and Keywords): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Pm

Part 17 (Your Book Pricing and Distribution): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2T5

Part 18 (Your Book Sales Pages): https://wp.me/p7OGru-2Yk

To make it easy to browse back and forth, I’ve set all links to open in new tabs. As this series progresses, I will update the links for you so that each post includes links to all past posts in the series.


©Harmony Kent 2020

 

(If you’re reading this post on or after December 11th, 2020, then here’s the link for Part 20 in the How to Publish with KDP series: https://wp.me/p7OGru-2YY. Please note, the link won’t work until December 11th, 2020.)

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