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Print Pricing Page

Last Updated: Sept. 6, 2018

This Pricing Page changed on the date listed above.

1. Royalties

A. Available sales territories This Royalty will apply to sales of your Print Book to customers in any territory.
B. Royalty rate 60% for Standard Distribution; 40% for Expanded Distribution

Learn more about how to enroll your Print Book in Expanded Distribution
i. Royalty calculation The Royalty Rate times the Print Book’s List Price, less Printing Costs.

For sales through standard distribution channels: (60% Royalty Rate x List Price) – Printing Costs = Royalty
For sales through Expanded Distribution channels: (40% Royalty Rate x List Price) – Printing Costs = Royalty
C. Printing costs 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.

Printing cost also includes a per-book fixed cost and additional per-page costs, which vary depending on which Amazon marketplace (website) your book was ordered from. To see what the fixed costs and per page costs are for each marketplace where KDP Print Books are currently sold, please review the Printing Cost Help page.

Printing Costs are calculated by adding the applicable fixed cost from the page 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
D. 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.

By "price-match," we mean where we sell the Print Book in one or more of the Available Sales Territories at a price (net of taxes) that is below the List Price to match a third party's sales price for any physical edition of the Print Book in any territory.
Royalty and printing cost calculation: When calculating Printing Costs, we will round the cost up to 2 decimal places for all currencies except JPY, which will be rounded up to the next whole number. We will also round up to 2 decimal places, or to the next whole number for JPY royalties, when calculating royalties.


2. Royalty calculation example

  • U.S. Dollar VAT Exclusive List Price = $9.99.
  • Your book is a 300-page black ink paperback sold on the US marketplace

  • Your Royalty per sale to a customer from Amazon.com is:

    (0.60 x $9.99) - $4.45 = $1.54
    (Royalty Rate x List Price) – Printing Costs = Royalty
    Applicable Printing Cost calculation: $0.85 (Fixed Cost) + (300 (Page Count) * $0.012 (Per Page Cost)) = $4.45 (Printing Cost)


3. When we pay you

You will be paid Royalties due on Paperback Book sales every month (1) approximately 60 days following the end of the calendar month during which the sales were made through standard Amazon distribution channels and (2) approximately 90 days after the end of the calendar month during which the sales were made through Expanded Distribution channels.


4. Setting your list price

You will provide us a VAT-exclusive List Price for each Print Book. The List Price for the corresponding Digital and Print editions of your Book may be different, but must each comply with any pricing requirements applicable to them.

You must set your Print Book's List Price (and change it from time-to-time if necessary) so that it is no higher than the list price in any sales channel for any physical edition of the Print Book.

By "list price in any sales channel," we mean the suggested or recommended retail price or, if you sell your Book directly to end users, your own sales price, for an edition of the Book available outside of our Program.


5. Other pricing terms

i. Minimum and Maximum List Prices: To be accepted in the Program, Print Books must have List Prices within the range of the following minimum and maximum list prices:

  • The minimum List Price for your Print Book must be equal to its Printing Cost / 60%. Find out more about Printing Costs by reading Section C above or reviewing the Printing Cost Help page.
  • The maximum List Price for your Print Book is $250 (US), €250 (EU marketplaces), or Ұ30,000 (JP).

ii. Price Matching Determinations: If you notify us through Contact Us (by selecting the topic Pricing & Royalties – Price Matching) that you believe we have made an error in price-matching your Print Book, we will review the issue and make best efforts to correct the error, if any, going forward as soon as practicable.

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