Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Check For Free Ebook Downloads And Sales On Your KDP Account


Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is Amazon's self-publishing platform that allows authors and publishers to publish their books and make them available on the Amazon Kindle Store. If you've published an eBook on KDP, check the number of free downloads (if you ran a free promotion) and sales.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to check for free eBook downloads and sales on your KDP account:

1. Sign in to KDP:

2. KDP Bookshelf:

  • Once logged in, you'll land on your "Bookshelf." Here you will see a list of all your published titles.

3. Navigate to Reports:

  • On the top menu bar, click on the "Reports" link. This will take you to a page that displays all your sales and earning data.

4. View the Sales Dashboard:

  • By default, you'll be on the "Sales Dashboard." This dashboard gives you an overview of your sales and free promotions for a chosen date range.

5. Select Date Range:

  • You can choose from preset ranges (like "Last 30 Days") or set a custom date range using the calendar tool.

6. Check Sales and Free Downloads:

  • In the Sales Dashboard, you will see several columns:

    • Ordered: The number of paid units sold.

    • Free Units – Promo: The number of free downloads during a promotional period.

    • Free Units – Price Match: If Amazon matches the price of a competing eBook that's being offered for free elsewhere, this column will show those free downloads.

7. Get Detailed Breakdown:

  • For a more detailed breakdown of sales and free downloads:

    1. Click on the "Historical" tab.

    2. Here, you can see a monthly breakdown of sales, royalties earned, and free units (both promo and price match).

    3. If you want an even more detailed daily breakdown, click on the month's link.

8. Export Reports:

  • If you'd like to analyze your data offline or maintain records, KDP allows you to export your reports.

    • Click on the “Generate Report” button on the right side of the screen.

    • Choose your desired date range.

    • Click "Generate."

    • Once the report is ready, you can download it in CSV format, which can be opened and edited in programs like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.


  • Regularly check your reports, especially after marketing or promotional efforts, to gauge their effectiveness.

  • If you use Amazon Advertising, also keep an eye on your ad campaign performance to see how it impacts sales and downloads.

  • If you notice a spike in "Free Units – Price Match," it may indicate that your book is being offered for free on another platform. You might want to investigate and adjust your pricing if necessary.

Remember, regularly monitoring your sales and free downloads can provide insights into what's working and what's not in terms of promotions, marketing, and content strategy. Adjust your efforts accordingly to maximize your book's potential!