What file formats can you upload to Amazon's KDP dashboard? (Simplified guide for novels and shorter works without illustrations)

DOC or DOCX 

Did you write your manuscript using Microsoft Word? 

Then save your file as a .doc or .docx and upload it directly to the KDP dashboard. I use Microsoft Word to draft, and I never have issues directly uploading DOC files unless I have added graphics or used fancy fonts. 

I've embedded a tutorial below about best practices and how to format your manuscript in Microsoft Word to create a simple, straightforward, no-frills file that converts well to Kindle. 



Not using Word? Then you have three options:

MOBI or EPUB

If you use Vellum to draft, you can save your file as a MOBI or EPUB and upload it directly to the KDP dashboard. 

If you are using some other software that won't output a MOBI or EPUB, you can convert your file using various tools freely available on the internet, but I strongly suggest using Draft2Digital.com's formatting tool. 

You'll have to sign up for a free Draft2Digital account, but this will allow you to download both a MOBI and an EPUB at the same time. Your file will be safely stored there as a backup, and if you decide you want to also have them distribute your book to e-commerce storefronts in the future, everything is all ready to go. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to turn your ebook file into a MOBI and an EPUB using Draft2Digital's tool.   

 


Draft2Digital also has guidelines here that discuss what files you can upload and how to get the most out of their tool


KPF


A KPF is only possible by converting your original file using Kindle Create, a free formatting software from Amazon, which you can download here. I've never used it, but Dave from Kindleprenuer has a helpful tutorial which I've embedded below. 


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