Uploading to Amazon | Vellum Help

Uploading to Amazon

You can list your ebooks for sale at Amazon via their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program:

To begin the process, sign up to publish with KDP. If you’ve ever bought anything from Amazon, you can start by signing in with your Amazon account.

Enter Title Information

Once you’ve created your KDP account, use the Add new title button to begin the process of submitting your book.

You’ll first need to enter information about your book such as its title, author, publisher, and keywords. More information about these entries can be found in Amazon’s help pages:

Upload Your Cover Image

When you reach item 5, upload the cover image generated by Vellum.

Press the Browse for image... button, then select the cover image that Vellum has generated for Amazon, e.g. The-Invisible-Man-Kindle.jpg.

Once the image is uploaded, you should see a thumbnail version of your image and a message reading: Cover uploaded successfully.

Upload Your Mobi File

For the next item, you will upload the Kindle version of your book.

Press the Browse button, then select the Kindle version generated by Vellum, e.g. The-Invisible-Man-Kindle.mobi.

Note: For best results, it is strongly recommended that you upload the mobi file generated for Kindle, and not an EPUB file generated for another platform. The Generic EPUB file lacks many specializations for Kindle, and without them you may see rendering problems in Amazon’s Look Inside and layout problems on devices. If you are concerned about file size, please read File Size Considerations.

Once the file is uploaded, you should see a message reporting Upload and conversion successful.

Review Pricing, Royalty, and Delivery Costs

On the second page of the submission process, you will choose the pricing and royalty rate.

If you select and qualify for the 70% royalty option, you will want to review the Delivery Costs associated with your book. As noted in File Size Considerations, Amazon’s Delivery Costs are assessed on the “file size after conversion” reported at the bottom of the pricing table.

Save and Publish

Once your files are uploaded and all required information is complete, your last step is to Save and Publish your book!

Remember that after you publish, you can return to Vellum in case you need to make changes. Simply re-generate your files and upload the new version to KDP.

KDP Support

For help with using Kindle Direct Publishing: