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Hardcover 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.

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How we calculate printing cost

Printing costs vary depending on page count and ink type (black ink or color ink). Printing cost also depends on which Amazon marketplace a reader ordered your book from. Based on the print options you choose, we automatically calculate and display your printing cost in the Rights & Pricing section of title setup. To calculate your hardcover book's printing cost, we add the applicable fixed cost to the page count multiplied by the applicable per page cost. Here's the formula:

    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 hardcover book sold on the US marketplace:

    $5.50 (fixed cost) + (300 [page count] * $0.012 [per page cost]) = $9.10 (printing cost)
This table summarizes printing cost calculations by marketplace:

Black ink hardcover:

Marketplace

Fixed Cost

Additional Per Page Cost

Hardcover specification: black ink with 75-108 pages

Amazon.com

6.80 USD per book

None

Amazon.co.uk

5.10 GBP per book

None

Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es

5.80 EUR per book

None

Hardcover specification: black ink with 110-550 pages

Amazon.com

5.50 USD per book

0.012 USD per page

Amazon.co.uk

4.00 GBP per book

0.010 GBP per page

Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es

5.80 EUR per book

0.012 EUR per page


Color ink hardcover:

Marketplace

Fixed Cost

Additional Per Page Cost

Hardcover specification: premium color ink with 75-550 pages

Amazon.com

5.50 USD per book

0.070 USD per page

Amazon.co.uk

4.00 GBP per book

0.010 GBP per page

Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es

2.40 EUR per book

0.060 EUR per page


Note: To estimate your printing cost, use our Printing Cost & Royalty Calculator.



Minimum hardcover 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 hardcover's printing cost by the royalty rate (60%):

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



Maximum hardcover list price

The maximum list price we allow for any hardcover is:

  • 250 USD (Amazon.com)
  • 250 EUR (EU marketplaces, including Amazon.co.uk)


Set and 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 hardcover list price.

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




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