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All About Author Central

What you can do on Author Central

The Author Page on Amazon.com provides a handy place for customers to learn about you. Helping customers get to know you is an effective way to introduce them to—or better educate them about—your books. On the Author Page, we display essential information about authors—including bibliographies, biographies, author photos, and even feeds to blog posts. (Check these examples: William Shakespeare, Delia Smith, and Stephenie Meyer.)

You use Author Central to personalize the contents of the Author Page dedicated to your books.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Set up your Author Central account if you haven’t already done so.
  2. In Author Central, click the Profile tab. You’ll see sections for adding or changing your biography, photos, videos, speaking or other events, and blog feeds.
  3. Click the add or edit link next to a section. Instructions appear, along with space to add information.

If you don’t add information to a section, that section does not appear on the Author Page. Sections are always available in Author Central so you can add or change the information later.

Getting an Author Page for your books

We start the creation process for an Author Page as soon as you sign up for Author Central. It can take 3 to 5 days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon.com site. You can begin adding content to an Author Page as soon as you sign up. Once your Author Central account is set up and approve by a publisher, changes appear on the Author Page within 24 hours of the time you add them in Author Central.

Adding or changing content

Making your book available on Kindle

Our goal is to have every book, ever published, in any language available for Kindle customers to purchase and begin reading in less than 60 seconds. If your book is not yet available on Kindle, we’d like to help you reach this quickly growing market. If you hold the electronic rights to your book and would like to convert and sell it in the Kindle format using Amazon's self-publishing tools, visit Kindle Direct Publishing. If your publisher holds the electronic rights to your book, contact them directly and ask them to make it available to Amazon for sale on Kindle.

Enrolling your book in Search Inside the Book

If you hold the copyright and marketing/promotion rights to your book and would like to enroll it in Search Inside, you can enroll it here.

Linking to Amazon’s Author Pages from your own website

We hope you will link to the Author Page from your website, because we think the Author Page is a great place for readers to access all editions of your work. And, if you like, you can join Amazon Associates for free and earn up to 15% in referrals by featuring Amazon products on your web page.

Help on questions not covered here

Whenever you click a link to add or edit content, we’ll give you instructions for continuing. But if you have any questions, click the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page. You can also click that link to give us feedback.