How To Link Kindle eBook to Print Version On Amazon

March 19, 2013 in Createspace Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Self Publishing, Tutorials

Linking Amazon to CreatespaceLast month, I was looking for something productive to do in my business. There were many things I could’ve done like write a new blog post, create a new video tutorial, review a product, fine tune my WordPress websites, etc. However, I did none of those. I wanted to do something that would have a direct impact on monthly earnings. So after quite a bit of thought, I decided to turn my Kindle ebooks into print books. I was happy I decided to do this because it did not take much energy and zero dollars to convert my books to print. Amazon made it easy to do with their Createspace service.

Createspace allowed me create print-on-demand books that have a very professional look to them! The process was fairly simple but for this article, I want to focus on how to get your Kindle ebooks linked to your physical books no matter if you use Createspace or another print publisher. The best way to do that is to tell you through my experience with this process. I released 3 of my print books on Amazon in the same week. I knew that the title and author had to match exactly for Amazon to automatically link the books. That wasn’t a problem for my last 2 books. Those last 2 titles were automatically linked almost immediately.

But for the very first book, I had entered slightly different title names and that was enough to disable automatic linking for this title. Here’s what happened. On my Kindle book, I included my subtitle in the Main Title of the book. This is because when posting a book on Amazon KDP, there is no field to enter a separate subtitle. On Createspace however, there are separate fields for Main Title and Subtitle.

Because the main title of my Kindle book included the subtitle, it didn’t match my Createspace version which only had the main title as the main title. The subtitle was on another line or section. I believe this was the main reason why this one book wasn’t automatically linked.

Of course I wanted my versions linked so I found out that you have to contact Amazon and let them know you want your titles linked. I think I waited 5 days before I contacted them because I just wanted to be sure it wasn’t going to link on it’s own. When I was convinced that automatic linking wasn’t going to happen, I sent a request to Amazon. Here’s the link to use:

Click here: Request To Link Kindle and Print Versions

When you click on the link, scroll all the way down to the bottom left and you’ll see a Contact Us button to submit your request. You’ll need the following information handy before you contact Amazon:

  • Has it been 24hrs since the book was published?
  • Main Title
  • Subtitle
  • Author Name
  • ASIN of Kindle edition
  • ISBN-13 of print edition
  • ISBN-10 of print edition

My print book had both the ISBN-13 and ISBN-10 numbers so I included that in my email. You want to be as detailed as possible when submitting your request. Here is the actual email I sent to Amazon. You can use it as a template:

Hello! My book title is appearing as separate books in the Amazon store. Could
you please link the 2 versions? The information about the book is
below:

Title: [enter your info here]
Subtitle: [enter your info here]
Author: [enter your info here]

Please fill in the following information:
Has it been 24hrs
since the book was published?: Yes (both print and Kindle live on Amazon now)
ASIN of Kindle edition: [enter your info here]
ISBN-13 of print edition: [enter your info here]
ISBN-10 of print edition: [enter your info here]

Thanks in advance for linking the books!
[your name here]

I think that once my message was sent, I got a reply back within 4 hours that my versions had been linked. That was a relief! Here’s the actual email I received from Amazon:

How to Link Kindle ebook to print version

Notice that the message indicates that changes won’t appear for 72 hours and that it will take longer than that for the reviews to link up. For me, if I remember correctly, I could see the changes the next day. To confirm that the Kindle ebook and print version are correctly linked you’ll see the following on both your Kindle and print version sales pages on Amazon:

Kindle ebook and print versions linkedWithin the next few days, I noticed that my reviews were appearing on both versions! This whole process was simple and I was really surprised how fast Amazon responded and fulfilled my request!

In this article, I primarily explained how I linked my Createspace books but I believe this will work with any print book you have on Amazon no matter where you produced it. Here’s an excerpt from the contact page I referenced above:

Linking Kindle and Print Editions

Many authors and publishers using KDP to publish their books on Kindle also have a physical edition published through CreateSpace or another publishing house.
Linking these various formats to one another in the Amazon catalog provides the ideal browsing experience for customers.

 

Please note that they indicated they can link print books from “another publishing house” other than Createspace. Knowing this, I may try some of the other print-on-demand services to diversify the reach of my books.  I hope you found this information helpful! If you have any advice on reputable print-on-demand services, please leave a comment below!