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Amazon Releases New Kindle Publishing Guidelines

28409767913_bf917bb9fa_hA new version of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines was released last week to little fanfare.

The new version of the guidelines (PDF) follows about 8 months after the previous update, and includes a long list of changes which cover everything from the new rule that TOCs have to be in the front of an ebook to finicky and obscure details about the right way to format a Kindle ebook before submitting it to Amazon.

This is the document every creator of ebooks needs to read so that they can stay one  step ahead of Amazon’s rule-happy enforcers (at least until Amazon changes the rules again).

Thanks, Scot, for the tip!

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Jim Heskett October 18, 2016 um 1:23 pm

per the updated amazon publishing guidelines:
Some examples of prohibited links include:
Links to web forms that request customer information (e.g., email address, physical address or
Technically, this is saying you can’t include a link to your mailing list in your ebook, right?

Hannah Steenbock October 19, 2016 um 3:36 am

No, it just means you can’t put a sign-up form right into the back of the book.

You can probably still link to a landing page on your website where people will then see the sign-up form for your mailing list. That’s what I’d do anyway, because you can give people more information on what they are getting when they sign up.

John October 20, 2016 um 4:48 am

No it means you can’t have a link to a web form like Mailchimp’s, Wufoo’s, etc.

And maybe it also applies to links leading to your homepage, on which a pop-up inviting visitors to subscribe to your newsletter is automatically triggered.

Putting a form right into the book is indeed impossible since Kindle doesn’t support form/input/etc. tags —where “doesn’t support” probably means “disables”.

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