You can choose two (2) on the official form you fill out when you upload your book and up to 8 if you email Amazon KDP directly. That makes 10 total categories.
The Two Form Categories
The two first Categories are done when you upload your book. You are given a form to fill out with the book details. One section of the form is where you choose two categories. The categories given on the form are BISAC Categories and are just a few of amazon’s categories. Why they don’t show all the categories all at once we don’t know, but this is the way it currently is on Amazon KDP.
So it is important to come up with the other 8 categories and email the request to Amazon directly.
How To Email Amazon KDP (With Pictures)
1. Log in to your KDP account.
2. Click on the “Help” function at the top of the page.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Help Page. On the left side of the page click on the orange button labelled, “Contact Us”.
4. The page “How Can We Help You” page will populate.
5. Click the first item on the list “Amazon Store & Product Detail Page”
6. Then click on “Update Amazon Categories”
7. A pre-filled email form will populate in the middle. Follow the instructions exactly and make sure to add the ASIN, title, country, and the correct category path (AKA: String, “Categories to be added”, and “Categories to be removed”).
Note: Each String must be on a new line.
The Form States
Just so you can see the form more clearly than in the picture above…
Submit all your category requests in one message. If you’re making a request for multiple books, please include them all in the same message. Also, specify the marketplace of the category, as they differ between Amazon Stores (example: Amazon.com vs Amazon.de).
Format: ASIN (or ISBN), marketplace, book format, category
Example: 0000000000, .com, paperback, Books > Literary & Fiction > Contemporary
Categories to be added (list each category as a separate line item):
Categories to be removed (list each category as a separate line item):
What Is Full Category Path?
Ok this is where it starts to get a little complicated so take it a book at a time.
The full category path is called a string and it looks like this…
Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction
The above string is how you list your book in different categories on Amazon. It must be exact. When you have your string place it under “Categories to be added” or “Categories to be removed”.
How To Find Your Category Path
You can find this information by researching books in your niche. Look at the top left of the screen and you will see the string.
The String is: Books>Children’s Books>Growing Up & Facts of Life
You can also do this by looking at the product description and clicking on the category
Then look at the top of the left menu bar.
String: Books > Children’s Books > Cars Trains & Things That Go > Cars &Trucks;
It takes a little work but you can do it!!
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Kindle Categories VS Paperback Categories
Just make a little note of the following.
Kindle strings start with the category “Kindle”.
Paperback books start with the category “Books”.
The example shown in this article is a paperback book. Let’s look at that string again…
Books>Children’s Books>Growing Up & Facts of Life
One last note a book can be a paperback book and on kindle. Amazon shows both in the product details section. This can get kinda confusing so read carefully.
it is important that you report the string correctly and format your requests to ensure there are no problems with publshing your kdp book and so that customers can find yours books on Amazon. Once you learn the system, you will be publishing your KDP book like a pro.
Remember to request the eight other categories as this will assist your customers in being able to find the correct books faster.
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