Amazon Announces New 70% Royalty Option For Publishers On Kindle Platform

Posted: Jan 20 2010, 5:18am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:58pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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    Amazon announced today, what looks like a better deal for authors and publishers on the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP).
    For each Kindle book sold, authors and publishers who choose the new 70% royalty option will receive 70% of list price, net of delivery costs.

    This new option will be in addition to and will not replace the existing DTP standard royalty option. This new 70 percent royalty option will become available on June 30, 2010.

    Delivery costs will be based on file size and pricing will be $0.15/MB. At today's median DTP file size of 368KB, delivery costs would be less than $0.06 per unit sold. This new program can thus enable authors and publishers to make more money on every sale. For example, on an $8.99 book an author would make $3.15 with the standard option, and $6.25 with the new 70 percent option.

    "Today, authors often receive royalties in the range of 7 to 15 percent of the list price that publishers set for their physical books, or 25 percent of the net that publishers receive from retailers for their digital books," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "We're excited that the new 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle Digital Text Platform will help us pay authors higher royalties when readers choose their books."

    Books from authors and publishers who choose the 70 percent royalty option will have access to all the same features and be subject to all the same requirements as books receiving the standard royalty rate. In addition, to qualify for the 70 percent royalty option, books must satisfy the following set of requirements:
    • The author or publisher-supplied list price must be between $2.99 and $9.99
    • This list price must be at least 20 percent below the lowest physical list price for the physical book
    • The title is 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.
    • Under this royalty option, books must be offered at or below price parity with competition, including physical book prices. Amazon will provide tools to automate that process, and the 70 percent royalty will be calculated off the sales price.
    This move to please authors and publishers will help Amazon to compete against other eBook platforms - after all content is king.

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