Amazon
Royalties

Use the following calculations to determine the profit you will make per book.

Amazon Royalties

Amazon Distribution Channels

KDP offers a fixed 60% royalty rate on paperbacks sold on Amazon marketplaces where KDP supports paperback distribution.

Your royalty is 60% of your list price. We then subtract printing costs, which depend on page count, ink type, and the Amazon marketplace your paperback was ordered from.

(Royalty Rate x List Price) – Printing Costs = Royalty 

Printing Costs vary depending on your Print Book’s page count and the ink type (black ink or color ink) you choose. Trim size, bleed settings, and cover finish don’t affect Printing Cost.

For example, your list price is $15. Your book is a 333-page paperback with black ink sold on the US marketplace: (0.60 x $15) – $4.85 = $4.15

These figures are for estimation purposes only. Your actual royalty will be calculated when you set up your book.

Expanded Distribution Channels

If you enable Expanded Distribution, the royalty is 40% of the book’s list price effective in the distribution channel at the time of purchase minus printing costs.

(Royalty Rate x List Price) – Printing Costs = Royalty 

For example, your list price is $15. Your book is a 333-page paperback with black ink sold through Expanded Distribution channels: (0.40 x $15) – $4.85 = $1.15

 These figures are for estimation purposes only. Your actual royalty will be calculated when you set up your book.

Matching Competitor Prices

If we price-match your Print Book, we will calculate your Royalty in the same manner described in Section B(i) above.

 

You can see your estimated royalty under the Royalty & Pricing section of the Paperback Rights & Pricing tab.

Royalties will also show in your reports as your paperbacks are shipped to customers. Royalties for Expanded Distribution units will display approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which the sales occurred.

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