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Hardcover Printing Cost

Learn more about printing cost changes effective June 20, 2023, at 12:00 AM UTC.
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 trim size, page count, and ink type (black ink or premium color ink). Printing cost also depends on which Amazon marketplace (website) a reader ordered your book from. Based on the print options you choose, KDP calculates and displays 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 regular trim size hardcover book printed in black ink sold on the US marketplace:

    $5.65 (fixed cost) + (300 [page count] * $0.012 [per page cost]) = $9.25 (printing cost)
To estimate your printing cost, use KDP’s Printing Cost & Royalty Calculator.

This table summarizes printing cost calculations by marketplace:

Black ink hardcover:
Note: Black ink hardcover books with 75 - 108 pages only incur the fixed cost.
Marketplace Regular Trim Sizes Large Trim Sizes

(More than 6.12 inches (155.5 mm) in width or more than 9 inches (228.6 mm) in height)

Fixed Cost Per-Page Cost Fixed Cost
Per-Page Cost
Hardcover specification: black ink with 75-108 pages
Amazon.co.uk 5.23 GBP per book None 5.45 GBP per book None
Amazon.com 6.80 USD per book None 7.49 USD per book None
Amazon.de/es/fr/it/nl 5.95 EUR per book None 6.35 EUR per book None
Amazon.pl 27.85 PLN per book None 29.87 PLN per book None
Amazon.se 66.38 SEK per book None 71.21 SEK per book None
Hardcover specification: black ink with 110-550 pages
Amazon.co.uk 4.15 GBP per book 0.010 GBP per page 4.15 GBP per book 0.012 GBP per page
Amazon.com 5.65 USD per book 0.012 USD per page 5.65 USD per book 0.017 USD per page
Amazon.de/es/fr/it/nl 4.65 EUR per book 0.012 EUR per page 4.65 EUR per book 0.016 EUR per page
Amazon.pl 20.34 PLN per book 0.056 PLN per page 20.34 PLN per book 0.075 PLN per page
Amazon.se 48.49 SEK per book 0.134 SEK per page 48.49 SEK per book 0.179 SEK per page

Color ink hardcover:
Marketplace Regular Trim Sizes Large Trim Sizes

(More than 6.12 inches (155.5 mm) in width or more than 9 inches (228.6 mm) in height)

Fixed Cost Per-Page Cost Fixed Cost
Per-Page Cost
Hardcover specification: premium color ink with 75-550 pages
Amazon.co.uk 4.15 GBP per book 0.045 GBP per page 4.15 GBP per book 0.060 GBP per page
Amazon.com 5.65 USD per book 0.065 USD per page 5.65 USD per book 0.080 USD per page
Amazon.de/es/fr/it/nl 4.65 EUR per book 0.057 EUR per page 4.65 EUR per book 0.072 EUR per page
Amazon.pl 21.78 PLN per book 0.267 PLN per page 21.78 PLN per book 0.337 PLN per page
Amazon.se 51.91 SEK per book 0.636 SEK per page 51.91 SEK per book 0.804 SEK per page


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 / 100) royalty rate = minimum list price


Maximum hardcover list price

The maximum list price we allow for any hardcover is listed below by marketplace:

Marketplace

Maximum list price for hardcover books

Amazon.com

250 USD

Amazon.co.uk

250 GBP

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

250 EUR

Amazon.pl

1,200 PLN

Amazon.se

2,500 SEK


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. Alternatively, you can automatically update your non-primary marketplace list prices based off of the list price you set for your primary marketplace.

Note: If you manually set your list prices in your non-primary marketplaces, changing your primary marketplace list price will not update the list prices you manually entered in non-primary marketplaces. Use the Printing Cost and Royalty Calculator to see your minimum list price in all currencies.

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



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