Notifying Customers of Book Updates

You’re always welcome to update a book of yours at any time, and republish it to include the changes. Customers who buy your book after you republish will receive the updates. Customers who purchased your book before you made changes will keep the original version.

In some cases, you may find serious defects in a published book. If you correct these and republish, we’ll make the updates available to customers via their Manage Your Kindle page, as well as listing the latest version of your book in the Kindle Store. To justify alerting customers about an update like this, the new version would have to correct problems that made it very difficult for customers to read the book.

Sending customers an update may erase any notes or highlights they entered, so the improvements must outweigh those disadvantages.

If You Make Updates

To inform us of significant corrections like these, click “Contact Us” below. Please provide details and specific examples of your corrections. We’ll review the book within seven days, and may take one of the following actions:

Corrections to distracting errors. If we find only minor corrections, we won’t notify customers who already own a copy by email, but we’ll activate their ability to update the content through the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on

Corrections to destructive or critical errors. If we find major corrections, we will alert all customers who own the book via email.  These customers can choose to receive the update through their “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on

Additional corrections to critical errors needed. If we find more major corrections are needed, we will temporarily remove your book from sale. We’ll notify you of the issues we found so that you can fix them. Once the improvements are made, just let us know and we’ll email customers just as with major corrections.

Please review our Guide to Kindle Content Quality for information on the most common types of quality issues. Make sure to provide detailed examples of the corrections made when submitting your request.

Some examples of corrections that don’t justify sending updates to customers who previously purchased your book are:

  • New Content Added: Chapter(s) or page(s) added, deleted or revised; new images added; bonus chapter added.
  • Book Plot or Character Changes: Character’s name changed; book ending changed.
  • Marketing Information: Links or marketing info added, deleted, or modified.


Check Your Updates

If you purchased a copy of your book and need to see updates, click “Contact Us” and we will send the updated content to your device. You won’t need to purchase it again.

To receive updates to your Kindle books automatically

1. Turn on the Annotations Backup* for your Kindle device or Kindle reading app to sync your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and furthest page read
2. Go to the Manage Your Content and Devices page
3. Select “Automatic Book Update” under the Settings tab
4. Select “On” from the dropdown menu

Note: The Automatic Book Update feature may not yet be available for markets outside of the U.S.

*The following devices automatically enable the Annotations Backup:  Fire HD, Fire HDX, Kindle for Android, Kindle for Windows 8, and Kindle for BlackBerry 10. 
As a result, you cannot turn off the Annotations Backup.

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