Questions tagged [amazon]

Amazon is one of the bigger publishers of electronic books and has developed multiple electronic ebook devices (kindle). Questions tagged amazon can include publishing policies, ebooks available at Amazon. Device specific questions should be tagged "Kindle".

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How do I publish a book permanently free on Amazon

I have tried to publish a book permanently free on Amazon but I couldn't. I have seen many books on Kindle that seems to be permanently free. How do I publish a book on Kindle and keep it free forever?...
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What commands can be given in the Kindle's search box?

In this forum thread, a user explains that the Kindle's reading speed algorithm can be reset by typing ";ReadingTimeReset" in the Kindle's search box. The user states he was told by a member of Amazon'...
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When shopping for ebooks on Amazon how do I tell if they have DRM?

Some books sold on Amazon have DRM and some do not. But "DRM" is not listed anyplace on the book descriptions that I have been able to find. How can I know before I buy an ebook from Amazon if it ...
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How do I shop for only DRM free books on Amazon?

I know how to tell if a book on Amazon is DRM free. There are lots of ways to sort, and filter books to just ones I am interested in on Amazon. I want to also be able to limit to books that I would ...
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What triggers the “adult” designation on Amazon Kindle books (romance genre)?

I do software development for an ebook publisher specializing in Romance novels. One thing we encounter from time to time is that a book gets classified by Amazon as "adult". That effectively removes ...
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How to discover/work around a limited number of devices for Kindle ebooks?

After reading Nathan's answer to this question, I was surprised that there was a limit on the number of devices you can download book to. I'm assuming this is controlled by Amazon but I would like to ...
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Deliver Emailed or Converted Books to Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader

I use the Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader, but I can only view books purchased through Amazon in them. In fact, it won't let me deliver other books - those I emailed to Amazon for conversion or ...
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Is it possible to send a book purchased from Amazon to all of my devices at once?

When I purchase a book from the Kindle Store, it asks me which device I want it delivered to. I know I can send it to multiple devices by managing my library. Is there a setting to have every purchase ...
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Does deleting a book from a Kindle account delete it from Kindle devices?

This answer: How do I delete a book off of my Kindle account? - shows that you can delete a book from your account/library on Amazon's web page. What effect does this have on your Kindle readers? ...
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How does the kindle define how many “book size dots” to display?

You ever notice how the lot dots on the Kindle that indicate how big the work is are not really all that helpful? I think there are like 4 sizes, but all the little dots make you think there are more ...
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When an Amazon account contains more than 1023 purchased Kindle books, how do you access the books beyond the 1023rd book?

When the Kindle Paperwhite is synced with the Amazon account, it never syncs beyond 1023 (2^10 - 1) books. How do you access books beyond the 1023rd book in an Amazon account on a Kindle Paperwhite?
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Are Tor Ebooks DRM Free?

Tor has made a few statements in the past about going DRM Free. Does that carry through to downstream retailers? If I buy a Tor book on Amazon (marketed as a Kindle book) or on Barnes and Noble (...
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Would extracting the Kindle highlights from the 'my clippings' file break some usage policy?

I read all sort of things on my kindle, not only ebooks bought on Amazon, so often I want to get hold of the highlights and use them as notes or memories of what I've read (think there are online apps ...
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This title is not currently available for purchase?

I have been primarily reading eBooks using Play Books on my Android tablet, however today I tried out the Amazon Kindle app and tried to download some of their free eBooks to test it out and compare ...
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Kindle Paperwhite Repair Code 2

One of my Kindle Paperwhite's recently came up with "Your Kindle needs repair" with a Repair Code 2. Amazon instantly sent out a new device, no questions asked (bit odd). Which is great, but they ...
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Can you use a Kindle without an Amazon account?

I'd like to know if it is possible to use a Kindle reader without having an Amazon account, but rather only uploading the reader's own files into the device.
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How do I delete a book off of my Kindle account?

I've noticed that once you buy a book on a kindle account, it's there forever! You can't shake it. How do I get rid of a book on a kindle account?
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Does Amazon accept fixed layout ePubs?

Since Amazon offers conversion on their site from an .epub file to .mobi file do they support fixed layout ePubs or is it only for KF8 files?
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self-hosted, self-updating book repository

My Amazon Kindle synchronizes with my Amazon library. Additionally, I have a Calibre library, which publishes its contents via a web server. As far as I know, you can only copy books from the server,...
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What is “text to speech”?

I see some kindle books advertised on Amazon that say "text-to-speech: Enabled" what is this? How is it different from an audio book?
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Why I can't buy books from Kindle Store using Kindle app on iPad?

It's really surprising to me to see why it is not easy to buy a book using the Kindle reader app on iPad. It has only provision to download the samples but there is no option to buy a complete book. ...
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Can one use two Amazon accounts on one Kindle?

For historical reasons I happen to have two accounts on Amazon, and I would prefer to keep both, as they are in different countries. I have ebooks in both accounts. Can I access both accounts with ...
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Can I use Kindle to read research papers?

I want to be able to read research papers and if you have ever seen one they have two columns of text per page, does the Kindle format this is a user friendly way? Can it display any article from the ...
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AWZ3 conversion not working

I'm attempting to convert a 26 meg AZW3 file to XML or HTML or TXT. I've tried a few online conversion sites, unfortunately they always fail with a very generic error message. I've installed Calibre ...
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How can I get access to my personal documents on Amazon for my Kindle?

I used to sync my personal documents to my Kindle via Amazon website "Manage my Kindle". Unfortunately there has been an update to Amazon’s website and there, under Manage my Kindle, I simply cannot ...
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Is it possible to get rid of the search button (magnifying glass) from the bottom bar?

The Kindle Fire has a feature through which you can search your collections or the web at the touch of a button. This component can be accessed from the bottom bar, where the home, back, and favorite ...
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How are Kindle standard pages calculated?

How does Amazon Kindle count a standard page? Or, if I may ask more specifically: What is a believable range of character lengths for a standard page as calculated for Amazon Kindle?
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Is there a way to share my Amazon eBook collection with other family members?

I have a decent sized collection of Amazon eBooks with a few titles that my family (siblings, parents) are interested in reading. Unfortunately, we all have our own Amazon accounts. Is there any way ...
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Can Amazon know about the books I upload to my Kindle device?

One user can upload her/his own ebook files onto a Kindle device . I'd want to know if Amazon is able to know what you are uploading on the device or not.
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Amazon eBook Self-Publishing vs Major Publishing Houses

Quick question for anyone who has some insight... Do the major publishing houses have a different process for publishing ebooks through Amazon than "independent" publishers? I get the feeling that, ...
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Kindle paperwhite and sharing quotes with goodreads for side-loaded books

I want to post quotes from my kindle paperwhite to goodreads but share button always disabled. I tuned progress posting and finding books in goodreads using this question and I found information that ...
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Is it possible to sell PDF as Kindle books on Amazon?

I have a book that has a fixed layout, so it's not really easy to transfer it to ePub format (no one can manage to do that). I'm thinking of selling it as a PDF. Is it possible to sell it as a ...
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Will selling on Amazon significantly limit readership of free ebook?

If an author wants to release a free ebook, how many readers (10%, 75%, ...) is he/she likely to lose by choosing to release only on Amazon and not as a more accessible pdf, html, etc. format and ...
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Do I need an Amazon account to use a Kindle?

I am looking to buy a Kindle Paperwhite (7th gen). Do I need an Amazon account for it to work? I just want to put books on it from my PC. I cannot create an Amazon Account because I have no credit ...
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For Kindle DX Graphite, how to quickly add books to different “Collections”?

I have over a hundred e-books on my Kindle DX Graphite. It would take several hundreds of keyboard clicks to add them into different Collections using the most naïve method. Is there some smart way ...
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Does Amazon provide subscription service for magazines?

I would like to know if Amazon provides any subscription service for Magazines to be able to read on my Kindle devices!
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Taxes on money made publishing on Amazon by a non-US/UK resident

I'm working on self-publishing a book on Amazon. I'm in South Africa, and don't have a bank account in the UK or US. I know Amazon will send a check. I'm curious if anyone knows anything about how ...
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Formatting Table of Contents in epub using HTML TOC or Logical TOC and how to include TOCs in <spine>

I am trying to create an epub file (in epub 3), and will be using KindleGen to convert it into kindle's mobi format. At the moment I was working on the table of contents files, and there were a few ...
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My Amazon book does not have links from ToC to chapters, why?

I recently wrote a book. The book is published. When I looked over the result, I found out that the Table of Contents does not have links going to the individual chapters (and sections within ...
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How do I download DRM-free books from Amazon?

In a previous question, When shopping for ebooks on Amazon how do I tell if they have DRM?, it is explained that DRM-free ebooks on Amazon are characterized by the "Product Details" item: "...
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Which distributor do authors prefer I purchase from?

I own a Kindle Paperwhite, and until now I've unthinkingly bought all my ebooks from Amazon. It recently occurred to me that since ebook distributors take on no risk when making a book available, it ...
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Can I publish my book (paperback) using createSpace if I already initiated paperback and published Kindle edition in Amazon?

I have published my ebook in all Amazon websites (US UK DE FR ES IT NL JP BR CA MX AU IN). I also initiated paperback through Amazon. Unfortunately for Amazon India paperback option was not ...
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Is it necessary/possible to specifically target foreign-language “editions” of amazon?

In addition to the original English, there are language-specific Amazon sites, such as, for Spanish, https://www.amazon.es/ I have created some bilingual books of works in the public domain, such as ...
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Cannot highlight text on my Kindle Paperwhite using a sample ebook

I have a sample ebook from Amazon on my Kindle Paperwhite but I cannot highlight its text due to the option being grayed out. Is there a way to fix this?
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How to download & transfer from Kindle or Amazon.com to PC

How can I download & transfer an eBook from Kindle or www.amazon.com to PC? I have the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Android apps. I can't find an option to do it in the apps. For the web browser ...
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How to get book list from amazon clouddrive?

I am sure that this is an obvious question. And that was already asked. But I can not find it. So first I apologize in advance for possible duplicate. I have on amazon.com/clouddrive a lot of books....
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kindle paperwhite 2 check email over 3g

I am still unable to get an answer to this question: Can I check email and do other web-browsing activities with the kindle paperwhite 2 (of course with poor quality viewing experience) over 3g? I ...
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How Does Amazon Kindle Renting work on *buntu/Linux Systems?

I'm interested in renting this textbook (https://www.amazon.com/Legal-Ethical-Issues-Nursing-Guido/dp/013335587X) from Amazon, but I am running a Linux system (Kubuntu 18.04.01). How does renting ...
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Is there a way to read kindle books on Windows which do not support Windows?

I read on multiple devices: Windows, Mac, iPad, Android Phone, even an old Kindle DX all from Amazon. One problem I have is some books seem to be designed to work only on some devices. I suspect the ...
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How much does Amazon make on Royalties earned but not paid?

A recent answer here indicates Amazon has a pretty restrictive payment policy. So minor authors selling books in multiple countries could have hundreds of dollars due them that have not yet hit the '...