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Expanded Distribution

Expanded Distribution can help you reach more readers through bookstores, online retailers, libraries, and academic institutions.



How it works

Booksellers and libraries purchase paperbacks from large distributors. If you enroll your paperback in Expanded Distribution, we'll make your book available to distributors so booksellers and libraries can find your book and order it.

We currently work with US distributors, but booksellers and libraries outside of the US may purchase books from these US distributors. It's free to enroll your paperback in Expanded Distribution, and it allows your book to be made broadly available outside of Amazon.

Enrolling your paperback in Expanded Distribution doesn't guarantee it will be ordered by a particular bookseller or library. The decision to order your book lies solely with the individual booksellers and libraries. We can't provide details on which booksellers and libraries purchased your book.



Requirements

Expanded Distribution is an option for all KDP publishers, regardless of where they live. To enroll your paperback in Expanded Distribution, it must be available on Amazon.com and meet these requirements:

  • ISBN. The paperback can have an ISBN you bought or one assigned by KDP. Your book's ISBN must not have been submitted for distribution through another service.
  • Trim size. Trim size requirements depend on paper type. To find out which combinations of trim size, ink, and paper type are eligible for Expanded Distribution, see this chart:

    Trim size Black ink and white paper Black ink and cream paper Color ink and white paper
    5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm) Yes Yes No
    5.06" x 7.81" (12.85 x 19.84 cm) Yes No No
    5.25" x 8" (13.34 x 20.32 cm) Yes Yes No
    5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) Yes Yes Yes
    6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Yes Yes Yes
    6.14" x 9.21" (15.6 x 23.39 cm) Yes No Yes
    6.69" x 9.61" (16.99 x 24.4 cm) Yes No No
    7" x 10" (17.78 x 25.4 cm) Yes No Yes
    7.44" x 9.69" (18.9 x 24.61 cm) Yes No No
    7.5" x 9.25" (19.05 x 23.5 cm) Yes No No
    8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm) Yes No Yes
    8.25" x 6" (20.96 x 15.24 cm) No No No
    8.25" x 8.25" (20.96 x 20.96 cm) No No No
    8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm) No No Yes
    8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Yes No Yes


Royalties

If you enable Expanded Distribution for your paperback, the royalty rate is 40% of the book's list price effective in the distribution channel at the time of purchase, minus printing costs, applicable taxes, and withholding.

To find out the estimated royalty for a paperback for which you've enabled Expanded Distribution:

  1. Find the paperback on your Bookshelf.
  2. Under the PAPERBACK ACTIONS menu, choose Edit paperback rights & pricing. For published paperbacks, choose Edit print book pricing.
  3. Choose the territories for which you hold distribution rights.
  4. Enter a list price and see how the pricing grid automatically updates the printing cost and estimated royalty.

Learn more about paperback royalties.



Reporting and payment

Expanded Distribution sales update in KDP reports as a separate line item by each available currency. Royalties for Expanded Distribution units update approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which the sale occurred. Expanded Distribution royalties are paid approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which our distributors report their sales.



Enroll your paperback

  1. Go to your KDP Bookshelf.
  2. Find the paperback you want to enroll.
  3. Under the Paperback Actions menu, click the ellipsis button ("…").
  4. Choose Edit paperback rights & pricing. For published paperbacks, choose Edit print book pricing.
  5. In the "Royalty and Pricing" section, check the Expanded Distribution box for each available marketplace.
  6. When you finish setting your price, click Publish Your Paperback Book.


Timelines

After you enroll your paperback in Expanded Distribution, it can take up to eight weeks for the book to become available for booksellers and libraries to order. Enrolling your paperback in Expanded Distribution doesn't guarantee it will be ordered by a particular bookseller and library.

If you change your book details, content, or pricing, it can take up to eight weeks for the information to update through Expanded Distribution. Your book will still be available, but it will have the previous information until the information is updated.

Expanded Distribution doesn't reflect changes in real time. This is because distributors, booksellers, and libraries update their information at different times. You may see differences in your book details, content, and pricing on other websites until they update the information.



Manufacturing differences

Paperbacks sold through the Expanded Distribution channels might be manufactured by third parties. There may be minor differences in manufacturing (e.g., paper thickness, color shade, etc.).


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