October 13: Proceeds from selling a book on Amazon

A breakdown of the proceeds from selling my book on Amazon.com via Kindle Direct Publishing.

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Source: Fact of the Day 1
Published: October 2021

Proceeds from selling a book on Amazon

I’ve always been curious about how much authors make from selling a book. Having self-published a book of 250 facts earlier this year, I now have insight! While it isn’t representative of all books sold, here’s a breakdown of the proceeds from selling my book on Amazon.com via Kindle Direct Publishing (a print-on-demand service).

Paperback

Sale price: $24.95

Manufacturing cost, based on page count (paid to Amazon): $7.81

Distribution fee (paid to Amazon): $9.98

Net proceeds: $7.16 (29%)

Kindle

Sale price: $9.95

Delivery cost, based on file size in Megabytes (paid to Amazon): $4.61

Distribution fee (paid to Amazon): $3.74

Net proceeds: $1.60 (16%)

Questions or comments? I’d love to answer them in the comments.

Editor’s note: This accounting excludes the one-time cost to create the book (e.g. cover art, layout) and promotion of the book (e.g. advertising). 

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