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Printing Cost (Beta)

Since KDP prints your paperback on demand, printing cost is deducted from your paperback royalty only when customers buy your book from Amazon or its partners. Printing cost depends on which Amazon marketplace (website) your paperback was ordered from.

Printing cost varies depending on page count and ink type (black ink or color ink). Trim size, bleed settings & cover finish don't affect printing cost.

The following table summarizes printing cost calculations:

Paperback SpecificationsUS Marketplace (USD) Fixed CostAdditional Per Page Cost
Black ink with 24-108 pages
$2.15 per book
None
Black ink with 110-828 pages
$0.85 per book
$0.012 per page
Color ink with 24-40 pages
$3.65 per book
None
Color ink with 42-500 pages
$0.85 per book
$0.07 per page
Paperback SpecificationsUK Marketplace (GBP) Fixed CostAdditional Per Page Cost
Black ink with 24-108 pages
£1.70 per book
None
Black ink with 110-828 pages
£0.70 per book
£0.010 per page
Color ink with 24-40 pages
£2.05 per book
None
Color ink with 42-500 pages
£0.70 per book
£0.045 per page
Paperback SpecificationsDE Marketplace (EUR) Fixed CostAdditional Per Page Cost
Black ink with 24-108 pages
€1.90 per book
None
Black ink with 110-828 pages
€0.60 per book
€0.012 per page
Color ink with 24-40 pages
€2.40 per book
None
Color ink with 42-500 pages
€0.60 per book
€0.06 per page
Paperback SpecificationsFR/IT/ES Marketplaces (EUR)* Fixed CostAdditional Per Page Cost
Black ink with 24-108 pages
€1.90 per book
None
Black ink with 110-828 pages
€0.60 per book
€0.012 per page
Color ink with 24-40 pages
€2.40 per book
None
Color ink with 42-500 pages
€0.60 per book
€0.06 per page


*Print book sales are not yet available in the NL or BR marketplaces. However, customers from these countries can buy your book on other Amazon websites.


Calculating Printing Cost

Based on your chosen print options, KDP automatically calculates and displays your printing cost in the Summary section of the Paperback Content page and in the Royalty and Pricing section of the Paperback Pricing page.

We calculate your paperback's printing cost by adding the applicable fixed cost from the table above to the product of your page count multiplied by the applicable per page cost:

Fixed Cost + (Page Count * Per Page Cost) = Printing Cost

Example:

Printing cost of a 300-page black ink paperback sold in the US marketplace (i.e., Amazon.com):

Fixed Cost + (Page Count * Per Page Cost) = Printing Cost

$0.85 (Fixed Cost) + (300 (Page Count) * $0.012 (Per Page Cost)) = $4.45 (Printing Cost)


Minimum List Price

KDP uses a Minimum List Price to ensure that your royalties are always enough to cover printing cost.

KDP's pricing grid automatically calculates your paperback's minimum list price in each marketplace. KDP will not allow you to enter a list price lower than the minimum threshold.

To determine your minimum list price, we divide your paperback's printing cost by the royalty rate (60%).

Example:

Minimum list price for a 300-page black ink paperback sold in the US marketplace (i.e., Amazon.com):

Printing Cost / 60% (Royalty Rate) = Minimum List Price

$4.45 (Printing Cost) / 60% (Royalty Rate) = $7.42 (Minimum List Price)


Maximum List Price

You can set the price of your paperback above the minimum threshold up to a maximum of $250 (US), €250 (EU marketplaces), or Ұ30,000 (JP).

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