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Amazon KDP Books Categories

Browse Categories

Browse path categories are the sections of the Amazon site where customers can find your book. Think of browse categories like the sections of a physical bookstore (fiction, history, and so on). During title setup, you’ll choose a BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) code. The codes you choose, along with your selected keywords, are used to place your book into certain categories on Amazon.

After your book has an Amazon listing, your book’s category will appear under the Product Details section of your listing. This is the path customers can follow to find your book. To make your book appear in the right categories, choose the categories and keywords that best describe your book. Learn more about BISAC subject codes and how to make your book more discoverable with keywords.


Note: Book categories are automatically mapped based on the Kindle Store category selected during publishing.

Choosing categories

Categories and subcategories help potential customers find specific types of books in groups organized by genre or subject matter. When customers click into subcategories, the route they follow is called a browse path. You can choose two BISAC category codes in your KDP Bookshelf. You can update your categories in your KDP Bookshelf or your Amazon Author Central account.

Add or update categories

  1. Go to your Bookshelf and click the ellipsis button (“…”) under the KINDLE EBOOK ACTIONS or PAPERBACK ACTIONS menu next to your book.
  2. Choose Edit eBook Details or Edit Paperback Details.
  3. Under the “Categories” section, make your changes.
  4. Go to the bottom of the page and click Save and Continue.
  5. On the book Pricing tab, click the publish button at the bottom of the page.

See details on timelines for new publications and updates to published books.

Note: Companion books, also referred to as summaries, study guides, or analysis books, can’t be added to additional browse categories on Amazon.

See current categories

To see the categories currently assigned to your published book:

  1. Go to your KDP Bookshelf.
  2. Find the book you want to see the categories for.
  3. Copy the book’s ASIN (paperbacks have 10 digits, eBooks a mix of 10 digits and letters).
  4. Go to the Amazon site (e.g.,,, where you want to see the categories.
  5. Paste the ASIN into the search bar and hit Enter.
  6. On the left, under Department, click Books (paperbacks) or Kindle Store (eBooks).
  7. Click each department to see sub-categories within that department. Each category and sub-category listed is assigned to your book.

Restricted categories

Some Kindle Store categories are restricted. Publishers can’t enable them.

Children’s or teen and young adult categories

Want to list your book in the Children’s or Teen & Young Adult categories on,, or If so, you must choose at least one Juvenile Category (BISAC Subject Code). For Children’s categories, you’ll also need to set the minimum recommended reading age to 0 – 11 years old.

For Teen & Young Adult categories on and, set the minimum recommended reading age to 13 – 17 years old. For, set the minimum recommended reading age to 12 – 15 years. On and, titles with a Juvenile Category and a minimum recommended age of 12 may be categorized in Children’s or Teens. This depends on other information about the book. Keep in mind that an independent category will show for,,, and

Learn more about entering age and grade ranges.

Series categories

We’re regularly adding to the list of Series categories. However, we’re currently unable to accept requests for new Series categories. Check back later to see if the Series you’re looking for was added to the list.


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