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Hardcover Royalty

When someone buys your hardcover through Amazon and a new copy is manufactured to fulfill that order, you receive a royalty.


How we calculate hardcover royalties

KDP offers a fixed 60% royalty rate on hardcovers sold on Amazon marketplaces where we support hardcover 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 book was ordered from.

(Royalty rate x list price) – printing costs = royalty


List prices

The list price is the price you enter on KDP's pricing page. Amazon uses the list price to list your book and calculate your hardcover royalties. In certain marketplaces, Amazon will add the local Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the list price you provide and customers will see an adjusted price including the applicable tax.

KDP uses a minimum list price to ensure the royalties you earn are always enough to cover the cost to print your book. The minimum list price is calculated based on your book's printing cost. You can set the price of your hardcover above the minimum threshold up to a maximum of 250 USD (Amazon.com), 350 CAD (Amazon.ca), 250 EUR (EU marketplaces).

A customer might buy your book at a discounted price that's lower than your list price due to promotions, but it won't affect your royalties.


How we calculate printing costs

Printing cost depends on which Amazon marketplace (website) your hardcover was ordered from. It also depends on page count and ink type. Trim size, bleed settings, and cover finish don't affect printing cost.

Learn more about how printing costs are calculated.




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