Tutorial: How to Format Your Amazon Book Description (Add Bold and Italics plus more!)

Want to jazz up your Book Description?

One of the most common questions I get via email is how to add bold and italics to book descriptions on Amazon. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think and you don’t need to know any html.

Here’s how:

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1. Sign in to Author Central

Go to Amazon Author Central and sign in. (If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.)


2. The Welcome Screen

On the welcome screen, click Books on the blue menu bar.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download


3. The Books Page: Adding a Book Step 1

This page should display all of the books you’ve published. Skip to Step 4 if the book you want to edit is already listed.

If your book isn’t there, you’ll have to add it. Click Add more books.


3. The Books Page: Adding a Book Step 2

1. In the box that pops up, enter your book’s information.

2. When your book appears, click This is my book.


4. Select Your Book

From the list, select the book for which you want to change, add or edit the product description.

(I’m going to use Last Minute Love Letters for this Tutorial as it needs some help.)


5. Your Book

The Editorial Reviews Tab will already be highlighted.

Click the Edit button next to Product Description.


6. Edit Your Product Descripton

The box that pops up gives you a simple rich text editor that allows you to add bold, italic, bullets and numbers.

All you need to do is highlight your text and apply the text decoration of your choice.

Click Preview when you are done so that you can see how it looks.


7. Saving Your Changes

If you are happy with your book description, click Save Changes.

Click Go Back if you want to make additional changes.

Your book description changes should be live on Amazon in a few hours. (Amazon will tell you it can take up to 5 business days but I have never had it take more than a couple of hours.)


8. Check your Product Page

Make sure you come back in a few hours to check your changes and make sure everything looks the way you want it. If you need to make some adjustments, Author Central is just a click away!

9. Advanced Book Description Editing

You can make your book description pop even more with a little extra work. Amazon gives you only the basic tools to work with, but I have a couple of tricks that will make your book description look just like the pros.

Part 2 of this Tutorial addresses these advanced options. I’ll have that tutorial up in the next day or so.

Please note, the advanced options aren’t difficult but they require a few extra steps.

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I hope you found this Tutorial helpful. If there’s anything else you’d like to know how to do, please let me know.




  1. Great information. So many authors are unaware they can customise their book descriptions on Author Central. And if they know a little bit of HTML, they can make it look exactly the way they want. I shall share this with my author followers on Twitter.

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  2. Thank you so much! This was incredibly helpful.

  3. I’ve tried and tried and not once was I offered an opportunity to edit my book description! Step 5 – I just don’t have the same screen as you show 🙁 It’s a great shame, too.

    • Hmm, that is curious. I’ll take a look and email you and help you figure it out. There must be something that has changed since I wrote the tutorial or a variable that I haven’t accounted for.

  4. Really helpful tips. Thanks so much 🙂

  5. thankyou so much! This was very helpful and finally my descriptions are all fixed on my books.