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 buttons under Create a New Title button to begin the process of submitting your book.

In the Kindle eBook Details section, enter information about your book, such as Language, Book Title, Subtitle, and more. More information about these entries can be found in Amazon’s help pages:

Upload Your Mobi File

With the details provided, you’ll then upload the files for your book in Kindle eBook Content.

Press Upload eBook manuscript , then select the Kindle version generated by Vellum, e.g. The-Invisible-Man-Kindle.mobi.

Note: For best results, we strongly recommend 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 Manuscript uploaded successfully!

Upload Your Cover Image

You’ll then upload the ebook cover image generated by Vellum.

Select Upload a cover you already have, then press Upload your cover file. Find and 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!

Preview Your Ebook

You can use KDP’s online previewer to check your book one last time. Press Launch Previewer to begin.

Note: it can take a few minutes for the previewer to load your book. It may be a good time to make some coffee. ☕️

Review Pricing

In the final pane, you’ll select the pricing and royalty rate for your book.

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, these will be shown in the Delivery column with your royalties.

Publish Your Ebook

Once your files are uploaded and all required information is complete, your last step is to Publish Your Kindle eBook!

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: