Royalty Options

Any publisher, author, or other rights holder can select the 70% royalty option for their individual eligible titles. To select the 70% royalty option for new or existing eligible titles, follow the instructions on the Enter Pricing Information help page.

Title Eligibility

To qualify for the 70% royalty option, books must meet these requirements:
  • The author or publisher-supplied list price must satisfy list price requirements
  • The list price must be at least 20% below the lowest list price for the physical book
  • 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.

Titles must also be enrolled in KDP Select to be eligible for 70% royalty on sales to customers in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India.

All books are still eligible for the standard 35% royalty as long as the title meets list price requirements. For full details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

Royalty Calculations

If you select the 35% royalty option, your royalty will be 35% of your list price without VAT for each unit sold.

If you select the 70% royalty option, your royalty will be 70% of your list price without VAT, less delivery costs (average delivery costs are $0.06 per unit sold, and vary by file size), for each eligible book sold to customers in the 70% territories listed below, and 35% of the list price for each unit sold to customers residing outside the 70% territories.

If we sell your digital book at a price below your list price without VAT in order to match price with a third party selling any digital or physical edition of the book, or to match Amazon’s price for a physical edition of the book, you will receive 70% of our sale price for each eligible book sold to customers in the 70% territories, less delivery costs, and less any applicable VAT. For additional details, see the Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.

70% Territories

The 70% royalty option only applies to books sold to customers in the countries listed below. You do not need to live in one of the 70% territories in order to receive the 70% royalty option.

70% Territories:
  • 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
  • Gibraltar
  • India*
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan*
  • Jersey
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Mexico*
  • Netherlands
  • 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.

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.

Public Domain

The 70% royalty option is for in-copyright works only. Works published before 1923, books consisting primarily of public domain content, and other public domain works are only eligible for the 35% royalty option.

If you add substantial original content or publish an original translation so that your book is not primarily public domain, then it would be eligible for the 70% royalty option.

For more information, visit our Publishing Public Domain Content help page.

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