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I have a question about book covers for you which you may be able to help me with. I have an ebook and paperback published on Amazon. Both have assigned ISBNs from Amazon. I am looking to update the cover. What are my options? I’m not clear regarding what I can do and cannot do. For example, can I upload a second book cover for the same book and keep the original reviews for the book? (Will the reviews carry over to the new book?)
If I pay for new ISBN numbers from NielsenISBNstore and upload the book with the same title but new cover will this appear as a “new” book or will it continue as the same book and have the same reviews attached to it? I’m trying to make the best decision for the new book cover… also where can I publish the book so that it appears on other online sites and book stores – will I need to publish it through another publisher other than KDP?
I know there’s a lot here and hope you can give me some guidance.
Many thanks and i wish you a good evening.
With best wishes, Soulla
I believe you just need to update the edition number of the book (you can probably just republish but this makes the change clearer), it is not necessary (in fact it is a bad idea) to get a new ISBN. In terms of publishing to other eBook vendors, a service like PublishDrive, Draft2Digital or Smashwords can do this for you. For paperbacks ideally you’d use Ingram Spark, but this is complicated for books originally published on Amazon without your own purchased ISBN. Another option is to tick the expanded distribution option for the paperback on KDP, though this isn’t as good in terms of making the book competitive in other places.