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vulcanguy

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What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 10:25 AM
 
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Just published a paperback through KDP and have sold one. Checked the sales report for May and see that the paperback sale is listed there, but there's a big fat zero in the royalties column. I set the price to minimum during the setup process, which appeared to include 60% royalties, so I am surprised to earn zero. The price of the book (minimum) is $17.98. Of that, (according to the sales report), $10.52 goes to printing costs, which leaves $7.46. Does that all go to KDP? Can someone please explain if I've got this right because it seems unfair that KDP should walk away with $7.46 while I get nuthin.
Donna St Felix

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 10:54 AM   in response to: vulcanguy in response to: vulcanguy
 
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vulcanguy wrote:
Just published a paperback through KDP and have sold one. Checked the sales report for May and see that the paperback sale is listed there, but there's a big fat zero in the royalties column. I set the price to minimum during the setup process, which appeared to include 60% royalties, so I am surprised to earn zero. The price of the book (minimum) is $17.98. Of that, (according to the sales report), $10.52 goes to printing costs, which leaves $7.46. Does that all go to KDP? Can someone please explain if I've got this right because it seems unfair that KDP should walk away with $7.46 while I get nuthin.

It might have sold to a foreign country and the difference in the dollar value hasn't registered yet. I have some foreign ones that haven't registered yet - so it is a thought.
vulcanguy

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 1:53 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Thanks Donna, but it wasn't a foreign sale. I know that for sure because I am the buyer...it's the only way I could get a proof copy because I used KDP. So, paid full price, including State tax and shipping, thinking that I would at least get an author's break on getting the royalties. No such luck, it would appear.

(By the way, how do I include the post that I'm replying to in my post?)
Notjohn

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 1:53 PM   in response to: vulcanguy in response to: vulcanguy
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You don't get 60 percent royalty!

Amazon takes 40 percent of the retail price. If you set the price to minimum, then there is no royalty.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Emily Veinglory

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 2:17 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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As Notjohn said, it's called "minimum" for a reason.
Donna St Felix

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 6:10 PM   in response to: vulcanguy in response to: vulcanguy
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vulcanguy wrote:
(By the way, how do I include the post that I'm replying to in my post?)

After you hit reply and the space opens to type a reply, look above at the " and click on it. To the right of B I U ect.
The message you are replying to will show up.
vulcanguy

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 6:22 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
You don't get 60 percent royalty!

Amazon takes 40 percent of the retail price. If you set the price to minimum, then there is no royalty.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com

Hmmm, Notjohn. Seems hardly worth all the work needed to put a paperback together. If I understand correctly, KDP get the difference between the minimum price and printing costs plus 40% of any additional markup that the author adds. Think I'll stick to eBooks in future.
vulcanguy

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: May 31, 2017 6:30 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Donna St Felix wrote:
vulcanguy wrote:
(By the way, how do I include the post that I'm replying to in my post?)

After you hit reply and the space opens to type a reply, look above at the " and click on it. To the right of B I U ect.
The message you are replying to will show up.


Thanks Donna. Got it! Hardly intuitive, though.
VG
tommy london

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: Jun 6, 2017 8:50 AM   in response to: vulcanguy in response to: vulcanguy
 
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Same old concept in Life Itself?
surajkumar B Ba...

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Re: What? No paperback royalties?
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 5:36 AM   in response to: vulcanguy in response to: vulcanguy
 
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With royalties selected, if you have put book cost more than what your minimum cost provided over there in the hints section, Then only the percentage of royalties calculated. Not below than the minimum cost of the book. It is actually the payment structure of amazon.
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