Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

I am publishing my second book on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions. The following are some KDP notes:


  • There are two formats: print replica and flowable. This book is flowable that is comprehensively supported on Kindle platforms, including the cloud reader.
  • However, flowable layouts may vary on different platforms and unpredictable. Flowables should be designed with the mindset of web pages.
  • Many potential readers reported they cannot buy Kindle ebooks for a variety of reasons. I think it is the copyright across countries that limits the availability of Kindle.
  • Kindle releases beta support for Chinese books. However, the paperback is not supported yet. Besides, Chinese books are edited and published using Microsoft Word instead of Kindle Create.


  • The cover page design for printing takes a lot of time. The number of pages and the weight or thickness of the paper determine the size of the spine. Every book needs recalculation.
  • I think it is a good design strategy that the background of the spine shares the same color as one of the front and back covers.
  • Authors outside the US spend more time to verify the proof copy. I verify my proof copy in the local printing workshop. However, the weight of the paper is not the same as the one used in the Amazon printing workshop.


  • When authors receive a notification of congratulations from Amazon, it still takes a couple of days for the book to be globally available.
  • Gift books are not working outside the US. It’s annoying.
  • COVID-19 hinders the delivery of paperbacks.

Time Lags

  • The link of the Kindle and paperback product page
  • International market
  • Look inside the book
  • Updates

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