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Sales and Royalties FAQ


Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding sales and royalties on Kindle Direct Publishing.

Sales and Reporting FAQ

How are royalties calculated?
Why are royalties displayed at a 35% rate in the sales report, when I had selected 70% royalty option for my book?
How are royalties for the 70% option shown in the sales report?
Where will my content be listed for sale?
Who determines the price of my content?
Why is the price of my book higher in other countries than in my own?
Can I download, save or export a report?
How does the Kindle Store handle customer returns? Am I affected?
Why is the offer price of my books higher than the one I chose when I uploaded to KDP?
Is tax withheld for publishers outside the US?

Royalties FAQ

Can any KDP publisher participate in the 70% Royalty Option?
Which of my titles are eligible for the 70% royalty option?
How do I select the 70% royalty option for my new or existing titles?
Are there any other requirements for participation in the 70% royalty option?
What about titles that are in the public domain?
Why is the 70% royalty option not available for Public Domain content?
If I use public domain content but modify or translate it, will my book be eligible for the 70% royalty?
Will I be able to participate if only some of titles are eligible for 70%?
Do I automatically get enrolled in the 70% royalty option?
Will I be able to move my books that are already in KDP under the standard 35% royalty option into the 70% royalty option?
I have several books published through KDP. Do I need to manually select the 70% royalty option for each book?
As a rights holder, what do I do with books below $2.99 or above $9.99?
How are royalties calculated for the 70% option compared to the 35% option?
How are royalties for the 70% option shown in the sales report?
How are royalties calculated for sales to customers outside the US?
If the rights holder is based in Japan, for example, but a US customer buys his or her book, can they still qualify for the 70% royalty option?
Besides the price I set and the delivery costs, what else can affect the royalties I am paid if I choose the 70% royalty option?
When my books sell on the Kindle for iPad application or other compatible devices, will I also get the 70% royalty?


1-1. How are royalties calculated?
If you select the 35% royalty option, your royalty will be 35% of your list price for each unit sold. If you select the 70% royalty option, your royalty will be 70% of the list price, net delivery costs, for each eligible book sold to U.S. customers (if we match a lower price you will receive 70% of our sale price), and 35% of the list price for each unit sold to customers residing outside the 70% territories listed below. For additional details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

1-2. Why are royalties displayed at a 35% rate in the sales report, when I had selected 70% royalty option for my book?
The 70% royalty option is only applicable for books sold to customers in certain countries. For sales to customers outside of the 70% territories, royalties are calculated at 35%, and these transactions appear at a 35% rate in the sales report. For sales to customers in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India, the 70% royalty option is only available for titles enrolled in KDP Select. For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

1-3. How are royalties for the 70% option shown in the sales report?
If we sell your title at a price lower than the list price entered to match a competitor’s price for a digital or physical edition of the book or our price for a physical edition of the book, you will receive 70% of our sale price, net of delivery costs. The sales report will show you the weighted average of our sales prices and the total royalty on those sales.

The 70% royalty option is only applicable for books sold to customers in the following countries:

• Andorra
• Australia (including territories Christmas Island (CX), Cocos Keeling Islands   (CC),Heard & McDonald Islands (HM), and Northfolk Island (NF))
• Austria
• Belgium
• Brazil*
• Canada
• France
• Great Britain
• Guernsey
• Germany
• India*
• Italy
• Isle of Man
• Japan*
• Jersey
• Lichtenstein
• Luxembourg
• Monaco
• Mexico*
• New Zealand (including territories Cook Islands (CK), Niue (NU), and Tokelau),
• San Marino
• Switzerland
• Spain
• United Kingdom
• United States
• Vatican City

* Digital Books enrolled in KDP Select will be eligible to earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India. The List Price you set for Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India must also meet the 70% List Price requirements for sales to customers in these territories
If your Digital Book is not enrolled in KDP Select or you do not meet the 70% List Price requirements, you will earn 35% royalty.

1-4. Where will my content be listed for sale?
Your published content will appear on the Amazon.com, the India Kindle Store on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.it, Amazon.com.br, Amazon.com.mx, Amazon.com.au, and Amazon.co.jp Kindle Stores; on Kindle devices; and on apps such as Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mobile Devices.

1-5. Who determines the price of my content?
As the publisher, you set the "list price" for your content. We reserve the right to set the retail price we charge for the books you provide to us. We may offer your book at a price below your list price if, for example, the price at which a competitor sells your book, or the price at which we sell a physical edition of your book is lower than your list price. In that case, if you chose the 70% royalty option, your royalties will be calculated off of this offer price for sales that qualify for the 70% royalty option. If you chose the 35% royalty option, you will be paid off of the original list price you chose. See the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions for information on how royalties are calculated.

1-6. Why is the price of my book higher in other countries than in my own?
There are a number of reasons why prices for Kindle titles may vary from region to region, including taxes, delivery costs and other operating costs. We are continually looking for ways to reduce cost and offer the best possible prices to customers in every region.

1-7. Can I download, save or export a report?
The Reports page shows information about your book sales and allows you to download reports in Excel format.

1-8. How does the Kindle Store handle customer returns? Am I affected?
The Kindle Store will provide refunds for up to 7 days for customers unsatisfied with their book purchases. Refunds will appear as a negative transaction on your reports and will be deducted from your payment amount.

1-9. Why is the offer price of my books higher than the one I chose when I uploaded to KDP?
If you (or your readers) are outside the U.S., our offer price may be higher than your list price due to international operating costs. Please note that sales to customers outside of the 70% territories receive royalties of 35% of the list price.

1-10. Is tax withheld for publishers outside the US?
The U.S. IRS requires Amazon to collect 30% from royalty payments issued to non-U.S. entities. The tax withholding will automatically be deducted from your royalties when they are paid. Information about claiming a lower rate of withholding is found here.

Mexican Tax Withholding:Mexican Publishers must complete a W-8 form with a valid U.S. TIN (Tax Identification Number) to qualify for an exemption from or reduction in the 30% tax withholding. If we do not receive the valid tax treaty documentation, the current 30% withholding tax rate will apply.

Brazilian Tax Withholding: Amazon is required to withhold tax from Amazon.com.br payments for non-Brazilian publishers who list their books in Brazil. The rate of withholding varies based on your country of residence. At the end of February each year, we'll send you a statement showing the amounts withheld during the prior year.

2-1. Can any KDP publisher participate in the 70% royalty option?
Yes, the KDP program is open to any publisher, author, or other rights holder.

2-2. Which of my titles are eligible for the 70% royalty option?
To qualify for the 70% royalty option, books must satisfy the following set of requirements:

 • The author or publisher-supplied list price must satisfy list price requirements
 • This list price must be at least 20% below the lowest physical list price for the physical book

2-3. How do I select the 70% royalty option for my new or existing eligible titles?
To select the 70% royalty option for new or existing eligible titles, follow the instructions on the Enter Pricing Information help page.

2-4. Are there any other requirements for participation in the 70% royalty option?
Yes, additional requirements include:

• Titles must be made available for sale in all geographies for which the author or publisher has rights.
• The title will be included in a broad set of features in the Kindle Store, such as text-to-speech. This list of features will grow over time as Amazon continues to add more functionality to Kindle and the Kindle Store.

For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.
• To be eligible to earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India, titles must also be enrolled in KDP Select

 2-5. What about titles that are in the public domain?
The 70% royalty option is for in-copyright works and is unavailable for works published before 1923 and other public domain works.

2-6. Why is the 70% royalty option not available for Public Domain content?
This program is not intended for public domain content because such content is freely available.

2-7. If I use public domain content but modify or translate it, will my book be eligible for the 70% royalty?
To be eligible, a book may not consist primarily of public domain content. If you add substantial original content so that your book is not primarily public domain, then it would be eligible. An original translation would not be considered to consist primarily of public domain content.

2-8. Will I be able to participate if only some of titles are eligible for 70%?
Yes, you can select your royalty option at the title level.

2-9.Do I automatically get enrolled in the 70% royalty option?
No. Publishers need to select the 70% royalty for each of their eligible books through the KDP site.

2-10. Will I be able to move my books that are already in KDP under the standard 35% royalty option into the 70% royalty option?
Yes, if the book is eligible for the 70% royalty option.

2-11. I have several books published through KDP. Do I need to manually select the 70% royalty option for each book?
At this time, publishers are required to select the 70% royalty option individually for each of their eligible books.

2-12. As a rights holder, what royalty option do I have for books priced below the 70% terms?
All books are still eligible to participate in KDP at under the standard 35% royalty as long as the title meets list price requirements. You may update the list price of your books through the KDP site.

2-13. How are royalties calculated for the 70% option as compared to the 35% option?
If you select the 35% royalty option, royalties will be equal to 35% of your List Price. If you select the 70% royalty option, royalties will be equal to 70% of your List Price, less Delivery Costs. But if we sell the book at a price that is below the List Price (after deducting 3%, the statutory Luxembourg VAT rate, for sales to customers in the European Union) to match the price at which a third party sells any digital or physical edition of the book or our price for a physical edition of the book, you will receive 70% of our sale price for each eligible book sold to customers in 70% territories, less Delivery Costs, and less 3% (the statutory Luxembourg VAT rate) for sales to customers in the European Union. Royalties for sales to other customers are calculated based on the 35% royalty option. For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

2-14. How are royalties for the 70% option shown in the sales report?
Month-to-date sales reports have been replaced with a week-to-date report showing the most recent week’s sales and a weekly report showing sales for the most recent week and prior recent weeks.

For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

2-15. How are 70% royalties calculated for sales to customers outside the US?
We currently offer 70% royalties for Andorra, Australia (including territories Christmas Island (CX), Cocos Keeling Islands (CC), Heard & McDonald Islands (HM), and Northfolk Island (NF)), Austria, Belgium, Brazil (for titles enrolled in KDP Select), Canada, France, Germany, Guernsey, India (for titles enrolled in KDP Select), Isle of Man, Italy, Japan (for titles enrolled in KDP Select), Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mexico (for titles enrolled in KDP Select), New Zealand (including territories Cook Islands (CK), Niue (NU), and Tokelau), San Marino, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City. We evaluate opportunities to expand this and other features to additional countries on an ongoing basis. Please stay tuned for updates.

2-16. If the rights holder is based in Japan, for example, but a US customer buys his or her book, can they still qualify for the 70% royalty option?
Yes. The 70% royalty option applies to books sold to customers located in the countries above.

2-17. Besides the price I set and the delivery costs, what else can affect the royalties I am paid if I choose the 70% royalty option?
The Royalty will be equal to 70% of the amount equal to the applicable List Price for the Digital Book, less the Delivery Costs for the Digital Book. Average delivery costs are $0.06 per unit sold, and vary by file size.

If we sell the Digital Book at a price below the List Price to match the price at which a third party sells any digital or physical edition of the Digital Book or the price at which Amazon sells a physical edition of the Digital Book, the Royalty will be equal to 70% of the amount equal to the price at which we sell the Digital Book less the Delivery Costs for the Digital Book. For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

2-18. When my books sell on the Kindle for iPad application or other compatible devices, will I also get the 70% royalty?
Yes, the 70% royalty option is also available for books sold through Kindle applications on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhones, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Android phones.
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