Hi there! Today we’re going to unlock the answers to burning questions like, “Is it even allowed?” Why would someone need two accounts?”, and “What happens if you try to bend the rules?”. Let’s get started!
Can You Have 2 KDP Accounts?
No Multiple Account: Amazon’s KDP policy explicitly prohibits individuals from having multiple KDP accounts. Authors and publishers are allowed to have only one KDP account for their publishing activities. It is expressly written in Amazon KDP Terms And Conditions that you may only have one account.
Amazon’s Policy on Multiple KDP Accounts
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Amazon’s Official Policy
Amazon’s policy regarding KDP accounts is explicit: authors are allowed to have only one KDP account. It’s crucial to adhere to this rule to avoid any potential issues with Amazon.
Consequences of Violating Amazon’s Policy
Violating Amazon’s policy on multiple KDP accounts can have severe consequences, including:
- Account Suspension: Amazon may suspend all your KDP accounts if they discover you have more than one without their permission.
- Loss of Royalties: Any earnings from the suspended accounts may be withheld.
Why You Shouldn’t Have Multiple KDP Accounts
If you attempt to create a second KDP account without Amazon’s permission, you risk having both accounts suspended. This could have serious consequences for your publishing endeavors.
Accidental Accounts Still Count As Multiple Accounts
You can have your accounts terminated if amazon finds out you have more than one. Sometimes these accounts can be created or found by accident.
If you had a kdp account years ago but forgot, is one way that we would considered it an accident. but it still counts to Amazon as having more than one account.
Amazon considers IP addresses, so if there is more than one account on an ip address even though it may be two or three different people with account, it still counts as more than one account and they can all be terminated. Avoid logging in to your kdp account at places that have public wifi for the same reasons as mentioned above.
Alternatives To Multiple Accounts
Pen Names: If you’re looking to publish under different names or genres, you can use pen names within a single KDP account. Amazon allows authors to use multiple pen names, making it easier to manage different personas and genres.
Why I Thought Answering This Question Was Important.
I have seen online the idea that you should have more than one account if you have multiple author names.
As clearly stated by Amazon you may only have one account. So this is bad and incorrect information being circulated online. Please do not fall for this trap. Amazon will delete or terminate all accounts if they find out.
The good news is that you CAN have up to 3 author profile names under one account. Any more than that and you are out of luck. So plan your author names carefully.
Plus, as I mentioned above, it is not a good idea for multiple people to use the same IP Address as this can also get you account terminated.
You may only have one account KDP Account but you can have up to 3 author names on that one account. Follow the rules of Amazons Terms And Conditions and you won’t have to face your KDP account being terminated.
For more information on what can get your account banned at amazon kdp, read: KDP account terminated: What can get you banned from KDP?