Understanding Royalties

Here's an overview of what you need to know about how royalties are calculated. You earn royalties every time a book is printed to fulfill a new customer order place on Amazon.com, Amazon's European websites, your CreateSpace eStore, or through sales channels offered with Expanded Distribution. A royalty is calculated based on the list price you set for the location where your book is printed. We take our share (which is comprised of a percentage of the list price for each sales channel, the fixed charged and per page charged based on the print location) from the list price and the rest is your royalty earned.

How to calculate your royalty

Your royalty is the list price you've designated for your book, minus our share.

Calculating Your Royalty
       List Price (set by you)
–     Our Share
=    Your Royalty
Figure out how much you'll make every time your book is manufactured using the royalty calculator.

Learn more about setting your book's list price.

The following scenarios are meant to give you an example breakdown of royalty calculations for books.

Scenario A

For a 184 page black and white book, you set your USD list price at $8.99. A customer purchases your book on Amazon.com and a book is printed to fulfill that order.
Sales Channel % = $3.60
Fixed Charge = $0.85
Per Page Charge = $2.20
Your Royalty = $2.34

Scenario B

For a 184 page black and white book, you set your GBP list price at £5.99 and your EUR list price at €6.99. A customer purchases your book on Amazon.co.uk via the Amazon Europe channel and a book is printed in continental Europe to fulfill that order.
Sales Channel % = €2.80
Fixed Charge = €0.60
Per Page Charge = €2.20
Your Royalty = €1.39

How we calculate our share

We calculate our share by taking a percentage of the list price, plus a fixed charge. Some books may also have a per-page charge.

Calculating Our Share
      Sales Channel Percentage
+    Fixed Charge
+    Per-Page Charge
=    Our Share

Sales Channel Percentage

A sales channel percentage is deducted from your book's list price depending on which sales channel the book is sold through.

Sales Channel Percentage
Standard Distribution - Amazon.com 40% of list price
Standard Distribution - Amazon Europe 40% of list price
Standard Distribution - CreateSpace eStore 20% of list price
Expanded Distribution 60% of list price

* If you are enrolled in the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe (EU) and Expanded Distribution sales channels there may be rare occasions where Amazon.com and Amazon EU sources an order through an Expanded Distribution channel. In these cases you will be paid the royalty rate of 60% and not the lower rate of 40%. This royalty rate applies to orders originating on Amazon.com where Amazon.com LLC is the seller of record and on Amazon EU sites where Amazon EU Sàrl. is the seller of record. This does not include items listed by a third-party reseller, or "Marketplace" seller on Amazon.com or Amazon EU. Royalties for orders placed on Amazon.com and Amazon EU that are fulfilled via Expanded Distribution can take up to six weeks to appear in your sales report.

Fixed Charges

Fixed charges vary depending on your book's page count and whether your book's interior is black and white or full-color.

Amazon.com, CreateSpace eStore, and Expanded Distribution
Black and white books with 24-108 pages $2.15 per book
Black and white books with 110-828 pages $0.85 per book
Full-color books with 24-40 pages $3.65 per book
Full-color books with 42-500 pages $0.85 per book
Amazon Europe
Books printed in Great Britain £0.70 per book
Books printed in continental Europe €0.60 per book

Per-Page Charge

Books with higher page counts may also have a per-page charge.

Amazon.com, CreateSpace eStore, and Expanded Distribution
Black and white books with 24-108 pages None
Black and white books with 110-828 pages $0.012 per page
Full-color books with 24-40 pages None
Full-color books with 42-500 pages $0.07 per page
Amazon Europe
Black and white books printed in Great Britain £0.01 per page
Full-color books printed in Great Britain £0.045 per page
Black and white books printed in continental Europe €0.012 per page
Full-color books printed in continental Europe €0.06 per page