Can I Work with BookBaby AND Kindle Direct Publishing Select?


… and can BookBaby handle my KDP eBook conversion?

The short answer: yes.

We can convert your book to the .mobi file format required by Kindle. But you will have to wait a bit before BookBaby distributes your book for iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and others.

KDP Select requires 90-day exclusivity

There are certain benefits to working exclusively with Kindle Direct Publishing Select: eligibility for the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, extra promotional tools, free promotion, etc.  The downside is, well… exclusivity!

According to Amazon’s website:

When you choose KDP Select for a book, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information.

So, for that first 90 days your book is available, it can only be offered (digitally) through Amazon. But if you’re planning to use BookBaby for worldwide distribution (for iPad, Kobo, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.)  AFTER that period of exclusivity is up, why not have us do your Kindle (or .mobi file) conversion, too?

How BookBaby Can Convert Your Book for Kindle Without Violating the Terms of Your KDP Select Agreement

1. Sign up for BookBaby and select the eBook publication package of your choice.

2. During the signup process, leave “distribution partners” blank. In other words, select NO partners. This will prevent us from distributing your book to iBooks, B&N, etc.

3. Email or call BookBaby to request your .mobi file. If you’ve selected our Premium package, request the .mobi file AFTER you’ve approved your proof.

4. Sign up to KDP Select using your BB converted .mobi file.

5. When 90 days are up, contact BookBaby and we’ll deliver your eBook to all the other digital retailers.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact our eBook conversion experts any time. Email

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


  1. I would like to try the Amazon free distribution promotion option however I do not have direct access to Amazon. I believe that to run the free promotion with Amazon they must have exclusivity. What must I do to enable this option:
    1. Must I cancel Bookbaby completely?
    2. Can I cancel publication with all but Amazon?

    Please advise


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