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Paperback Printing Cost (Beta)

KDP prints your paperback on demand. That means we deduct the printing cost from your paperback royalty only when customers buy your book from Amazon or its partners. Printing cost depends on which Amazon marketplace (website) your paperback was ordered from.

Note: Paperback sales are not yet available on Amazon.com.br or Amazon.nl. However, customers from these countries can buy your book on other Amazon websites.

Printing cost also depends on page count and ink type (black or color ink). Trim size, bleed settings, cover finish don't affect printing cost. Click on the links below to see tables that summarize printing cost calculations by marketplace:




Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es

Calculating printing cost

Based on the print options you chose, KDP automatically calculates and displays your printing cost in the Royalty & Pricing section of title setup. How do we calculate your paperback's printing cost? We add the applicable fixed cost from the tables linked above to the product of your page count multiplied by the applicable per page cost:

Fixed Cost + (Page Count * Per Page Cost) = Printing Cost

For example, here's how we calculate the printing cost of a 300-page black ink paperback sold in the US marketplace:

$0.85 (Fixed Cost) + (300 (Page Count) * $0.012 (Per Page Cost)) = $4.45 (Printing Cost)

Minimum list price

We use a minimum list price to ensure that your royalties are always enough to cover printing cost. KDP's pricing grid automatically calculates your paperback's minimum list price in each marketplace. KDP will not allow you to enter a list price lower than the minimum threshold. How do we determine your minimum list price? We divide your paperback's printing cost by the royalty rate (60%):

Printing Cost / 60% (Royalty Rate) = Minimum List Price

For example, here's how we calculate the minimum list price for a 300-page black ink paperback sold in the US marketplace:

$4.45 (Printing Cost) / 60% (Royalty Rate) = $7.42 (Minimum List Price)

Maximum list price

You can set the price of your paperback above the minimum threshold up to a maximum of:

  • $250 (US)
  • €250 (EU marketplaces)
  • Ұ30,000 (JP)

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