Who can nominate books?
Anyone with a valid Amazon account that resides in a Kindle Scout–eligible country can nominate books.
I am an Amazon customer but I see a message saying that I cannot participate in the Kindle Scout program.
Kindle Scout may not be available in your country at this time. If you aren't sure of the current country associated with your account, you can visit the Manage Your Content and Devices page on your local Amazon retail site to view your settings.
What categories of books are available to read?
Today, authors can submit to Kindle Scout in the following categories: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult, and general Literature & Fiction.
I found a book I like, how do I nominate it?
To nominate a book, click the “Nominate me” button on the book’s campaign page and the book will be added to Your Nominations panel. Keep up to three books nominated at a time, and update your nominations whenever you want.
I used my three nominations but just found a great new book…can I swap my nominations?
Yes. You can swap a book in Your Nominations panel for a new book whenever you want.
When are nominations tallied?
When a book in Your Nominations panel finishes its 30-day campaign your nomination is tallied. The book is then removed from your panel, freeing up that slot for another book.
What does “Save for later” do?
Each Kindle Scout campaign page has a “Save for later” button. You can use it to save books to easily find later or to show support for books you’re not quite ready to nominate. All of your saved books can be found under Your Account > Your Saved Books
How will I know if a book I nominated is selected for publication?
If a book’s campaign ends while it’s in Your Nominations panel, your nomination is counted and you will receive an email within a few days to let you know whether your book has been selected for publication. You can see all of your Scout activity—including the status of all your past nominations—by logging into your account and navigating to Your Scout Profile
A book I nominated was published by Kindle Press! When do I receive my free copy?
Once your free copy is available, we'll send you an email to let you know that you can redeem your Kindle copy by visiting the Free Books to Download
tab of Your Scout Profile. To be eligible to redeem your free copy, the book must have been in Your Nominations panel when its 30-day campaign ended and you must have a valid Amazon account and reside in a Kindle Scout–eligible country so we can deliver the book. Learn more
about Kindle Scout participation and eligibility.
How do I redeem my free copy once it’s available?
Sign in to Kindle Scout and go to the Free Books to Download
tab of Your Scout Profile. Click on “Get your free copy”, select the device to send the book to, and click “Redeem Now.”
You need to have a default 1-Click address set up on your Amazon account in order to redeem free Kindle Scout books, even though you won't be charged for them.
To establish a 1-Click billing address:
2. Click the "Enter a new address" button.
3. Enter the address information and click the “Continue” button.
Set the address as your default by clicking the link on the address labeled "Click here to make this your 1-Click default address." You may be prompted to associate a credit or debit card with the address, but entering one of these payment methods is not required.
What is my Scout Profile?
Your Scout Profile allows you to see all of your Scout activity in one place. You can update your current nominations, check on the status of a past nominations, download your free books, review the books you’ve read, and keep track of which Kindle Scout books you've championed from beginning to end.
Is my Scout Profile accessible by other Scouts or authors?
No, your name, picture, and scouting activity are private and cannot be seen by other Scouts or authors at this time. We’ll let you know about any changes to the ability to share your profile with others. Any content you provide is subject to the Conditions of Use
Are there requirements for my Scout Profile picture?
Your Scout Profile picture can be any aspect ratio but we recommend dimensions as close to a square as possible since we will crop the longer side. It must be in PNG (.png), GIF (.gif), or JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg) format and no larger than 5MB. Your Scout Profile picture should not include any copyrighted or trademarked material to which you do not hold the necessary rights and it must adhere to the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines.
When will my Scout Profile show that I’ve reviewed a book?
Your Scout Profile will update within a day or two of you having successfully submitted a review on Amazon.
On which devices, apps and formats can I redeem my free book?
You will receive a Kindle copy that can be sent to any Kindle device, iOS, Android or Kindle Free Reading app registered to the Amazon account with which you originally nominated the book.
How do I report an issue with a campaign I'm scouting?
If you need to report an issue with a Kindle Scout campaign or report any content as inappropriate, please contact us
to let us know.