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Paperback Printing Cost

KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties. That means you don't have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.



How we calculate printing cost

Printing costs vary depending on page count and ink type (black ink or color ink). Trim size, bleed settings, and cover finish don't affect printing cost. Printing cost also depends on which Amazon marketplace (website) your paperback was ordered from. Based on the print options you choose, KDP automatically calculates and displays your printing cost in the Rights & Pricing section of your title setup.

To calculate your paperback's printing cost, we use this formula:

Fixed cost + (page count * per page cost) = printing cost

The charts below summarize printing cost calculations by marketplace where the book is sold.

Black ink paperback:

Marketplace Fixed Cost Additional Per Page Cost
Paperback specification: black ink with 24-108 pages
Amazon.com 2.15 USD per book None
Amazon.ca 2.82 CAD per book None
Amazon.co.uk 1.70 GBP per book None
Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es 1.90 EUR per book None
Amazon.com.au 4.49 AUD per book None
Amazon.co.jp 400 YEN per book None
Paperback specification: black ink with 110-828 pages
Amazon.com 0.85 USD per book 0.012 USD per page
Amazon.ca 1.11 CAD per book 0.016 CAD per page
Amazon.co.uk 0.70 GBP per book 0.010 GBP per page
Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es 0.60 EUR per book 0.012 EUR per page
Amazon.com.au 2.17 AUD per book 0.0215 AUD per page
Amazon.co.jp 175 YEN per book 2 YEN per page

Color ink paperback:

Marketplace Fixed Cost Additional Per Page Cost
Paperback specification: premium color ink with 24-40 pages
Amazon.com 3.65 USD per book None
Amazon.ca 4.78 CAD per book None
Amazon.co.uk 2.05 GBP per book None
Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es 2.40 EUR per book None
Amazon.com.au 5.05 AUD per book None
Amazon.co.jp 475 YEN per book None
Paperback specification: premium color ink with 42-828 pages
Amazon.com 0.85 USD per book 0.07 USD per page
Amazon.ca 1.11 CAD per book 0.09 CAD per page
Amazon.co.uk 0.70 GBP per book 0.045 GBP per page
Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es 0.60 EUR per book 0.06 EUR per page
Amazon.com.au 2.17 AUD per book 0.0720 AUD per page
Amazon.co.jp 175 YEN per book 4 YEN per page
Paperback specification: standard color ink with 72-600 pages
Amazon.com 0.85 USD per book 0.036 USD per page
Amazon.ca 1.11 CAD per book 0.047 CAD per page
Amazon.co.uk 0.70 GBP per book 0.025 GBP per page
Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es 0.60 EUR per book 0.031 EUR per page


Note: Paperback publishing is not yet available for titles written in Japanese. KDP publishers can, however, sell paperbacks written in the languages we support on amazon.co.jp. To estimate your printing cost, use our


Printing cost calculation examples

Black Ink
Example #1: 300-page paperback sold in the United States:
Based on the black ink chart above, the fixed cost for a 300-page black ink paperback sold on Amazon.com is 0.85 USD, and the additional cost per page is 0.012 USD.

0.85 USD fixed cost + (300 page count * 0.012 USD per page cost) = 4.45 USD (printing cost)

Example #2: 55-page paperback sold in the United Kingdom:
Fixed cost for a 55-page black ink paperback sold on Amazon.co.uk is 1.70 GBP, and the additional cost per page is 0.00 GBP (none).

1.70 GBP fixed cost + (55 page count * 0.00 GBP per page cost ) = 1.70 GBP (printing cost)

Color Ink
Example #1: 150-page paperback sold in Germany:
Based on the color ink chart above, the fixed cost for a 150-page color ink paperback sold on Amazon.de is 0.60 EUR, and the additional cost per page is 0.06 EUR.

0.60 EUR fixed cost + (150 page count * 0.06 EUR per page cost) = 9.60 EUR (printing cost)

Example #2: 625-page paperback sold in Canada:
1.11 CAD fixed cost + (625 page count * 0.09 CAD per page cost ) = 57.36 CAD (printing cost)


Minimum paperback list price

The minimum list price is calculated based on your book's printing cost. It ensures that your royalties earned are always enough to cover the cost to print your book. KDP will not allow you to enter a list price lower than the minimum list price.

To calculate your minimum list price, we divide your paperback's printing cost by the royalty rate (60%):

Printing cost / 60% (royalty rate) = minimum list price

Minimum list price calculation examples:
Example #1: 300-page black ink paperback sold in the United States:
Following the printing cost formula above, the printing cost for a 300-page black ink paperback sold on Amazon.com is 4.45 USD, and the royalty rate is 60%.

4.45 USD printing cost / 60% royalty rate = 7.42 USD minimum list price

Example #2: 150-page color ink paperback sold in Germany:
The printing cost for a 150-page color ink paperback sold on Amazon.de is 9.60 EUR, and the royalty rate is 60%.

9.60 EUR printing cost / 60% royalty rate = 16.00 EUR minimum list price


Maximum paperback list price

The maximum list price we allow for any paperback is:
  • 250 USD (Amazon.com)
  • 350 CAD (Amazon.ca)
  • 250 EUR (EU marketplaces, including Amazon.co.uk)
  • 30,000 JPY (Amazon.co.jp)
  • 350 AUD (Amazon.com.au)


Set & Update List Prices by Marketplace

You can set list prices by marketplace as long as they’re higher than the minimum list price and lower than the maximum list price. Learn how to update your paperback list price.

See our help page for information on timelines, including updates to published books.


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