KDP allows the author to self-publish their eBooks and paperbacks for free. It gives you direct access to your book at Amazon and also allows you to create the product details page for the book. KDP provides you with the option to expand your book’s availability on a global site, thereby making it accessible for readers globally.

How Amazon calculates Paperback Royalties?

Under Amazon Distribution channel policies are:

KDP offers a fixed 60 % royalty on paperbacks that are sold on Amazon marketplaces. The royalty is 60% of the list price. They subtract printing costs, which will depend on page count, ink type.

The royalty rates are 35 % and 70 %.

When you select the 35 % royalty option, the royalty will be 35 % of the list price without VAT (Value Added Tax) for each unit sold.

When you select the 70 % royalty option, the royalty will be 70% of the list price without VAT, less delivery cost whereas the average delivery cost is $0.06 units per sold.

To enter into 70 % criteria the book must meet the following requirements:

  • The author should satisfy the list price requirements.

  • The list price has to be 20% below the list price for the physical book.

  • The title should be made available for sale in all geographical locations where the author has rights.

The royalty calculation for 70% rate

70 % Royalty Rate x (List Price- applicable VAT-Delivery Costs)= Royalty

The royalty calculation for the 35% rate

35 % Royalty Rate x (Promotional List Price- applicable VAT)= Royalty

Kindle eBook cost

KDP self-publishing portal often charges a delivery fee to send books to the buyers. The delivery fee is added to the sales commission that you pay Amazon. The charges of Amazon for eBook delivery are, $ 0.15 per megabyte (MB) for each book that is sold between $2.99 and $9.99. The minimum charge of $0.01 and delivery fees vary from country to country. No delivery fees are charged for the book priced below $2.99 and above $9.99.

The most efficient way to calculate the price is by uploading your eBook to the KDP pricing page. There is a tool that will analyze and tell you the price.

Lastly, you can calculate your KDP print costs in the following way:

  • You can use Amazon tables.

  • You may upload your files at KDP print and the calculator will provide you the cost.

  • You can download the KDP Print Excel Spreadsheet print cost calculator


Q. How are KDP royalties paid?

Ans: KDP royalties are paid every month by them. They pay it by 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale is reported. They pay it through direct deposit, wire transfer, or cheque.

Q. Do you need to copyright the book before publishing it on KDP?

Ans: The platform doesn’t require you to include a copyright page. In case you want to have a copyright, you must incorporate it in your content file.

Q. Duration Kindle Direct Publishing takes to publish?

Ans: Titles are reviewed and published in 24 to 72 hours. In case your book isn’t accepted. It will be returned back to you in 12 hours.

Q. How many No of pages eBook should have?

Ans: For non-fiction, there has to be a maximum of 50000 to 75000 words.

Q. How much does Amazon charge for publishing eBooks?

Ans: Publishing book at Amazon is free.

Q. What is the difference between 35% royalty and 70% royalty?

Ans: 35% of Royalty works in the public domain and is primarily for the public. Whereas 70% doesn’t work for the public domain, if you want to add substantial original content or publish an original translation, this is for you.

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Content creator: Sneha Verma -SankalpArt

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