How Often Does Amazon KDP Pay Royalties?

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Amazon pays royalties on books sold through Kindle store and Amazon marketplace every month. Find out when and how often they are paid and what happens if you don’t meet your royalty obligations.

If you are looking for the short answer to the question “How Often Does Amazon KDP Pay Royalties?” look no further.

Short answer: Amazon KDP pays royalties out every month, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale was reported! But you have to earn 100$ before they do a payout.

But if you want to know more about:

  • How often does Amazon KDP pay royalties?
  • Printing Fees
  • Different Royalty plans
  • Royalty Calculator 
  • What happens if you dont sell any books?

Keep on reading!

How Often Does Amazon KDP Pay Royalties?

Amazon KDP sign in screen

So how much does Amazon KDP pay? Amazon KDP pays royalties out every month, approximately 60 days after from which date the sale was reported. But keep in mind that there is a 100$ threshold before the payout. 

Depending if you made an eBook or Paperback you first have to upload the book on Amazon KDP.  Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is Amazon’s site and brand name for their place to sell self-published eBooks and Paperbacks. 

And the best thing is that it’s totally free to upload your books on Kindle Direct Publishing. What’s even better is that Amazon is among the biggest if not the biggest book selling site in the world and the reach is insane, there literally are millions of readers on Amazon.

If you choose to use Kindle Unlimited, you won’t receive royalties until the end of the current calendar year meaning that you get one big Kindle Unlimited payout. However, you will still receive monthly payments at the same frequency as those who sell their books through KDP.

How Much Are Royalties?

When you sign up and you start to upload books from your account on Amazon KDP you’ll receive a monthly statement in the KDP reports showing the total number of sales made during the previous month. This includes both print and ebooks. Print books are generally paid at the end of each quarter, while ebooks are paid monthly.

Ebook Royalties

There is a huge difference between eBook Royalties and Paperback royalties and that is that there is no printing cost on Ebooks. 

So with the ebook option you can choose between two royalty options for each of your eBooks: the 35% royalty option and the 70% royalty option.

What does a 35% royalty mean?

“If you select the 35% royalty option, your royalty will be 35% of your list price without VAT for each unit sold.”

This option is always available and there is no problem to pick this one.

What does a 70% royalty mean?

To pick a 70% royalty rate there are a few things you have to keep in mind.

“If you select the 70% royalty option, that means your royalty will be 70% of your list price without VAT, less delivery costs (average delivery costs are $0.06 per unit sold, and vary by file size), for each eligible book sold to customers in the 70% territories, and 35% of the list price without VAT for each unit sold to customers residing outside the 70% territories”

How do authors qualify for the 70% royalty option for Kindle books or eBooks?

The 70% royalty option is for in-copyright works only. Works in the public domain or consisting primarily of public domain content are only eligible for the 35% royalty option. If you add substantial original content or publish an original translation so that your book is not primarily public domain, then it would be eligible for the 70% royalty option. 

More info on Amazon and eBook requirements here.

Paperback Royalties

How Often Does Amazon KDP Pay Royalties?

Ok the easiest way to explain it is that Amazon has a printing fee and that printing fee sets the price for your book. It all depends if it’s a black and white paper book or if it has colors. What also mathers is the page size and book size. But don’t worry about  the book cover, it can have colors! This is just the inside of the book I’m talking about.

Here is Amazon’s info text.

Printing costs are deducted from your royalties and vary depending on your book’s page count and whether your book’s interior is in black-and-white or full-color. Learn more about how printing costs are calculated.

Here is a real example from one of my books. A lined 8×5 Math notebook with 120 pages. 

I have the book ready for publishing and I put it up on Amazon.

The first thing they tell me when I’m ready to publish my book is that the printing price is 2.29$.
So you think that I can put out my book on 2.29$, no I can not because Amazon also wants 40% of the Royalties right? And Royalties are not the printing cost.

amazon kindle royalty calculator

So the lowest price I can list my book for is 3.82$ and Amazon tells me this.
Here is an image that shows that the minimum price is set by google. 

Here is the price calculation:
3,82$ (min price) x 0,60 (40% royalty fee)  = 2,82$ print cost and 1$ royalty fee. 

This is why you have to price your book higher than 3,82 if you want to earn money.

Is there Any Royalties Calculator?

Yes there is and there are actually 2 different ones and both do their job really well.
Depending on the royalty plan you can play around and see which one would be most beneficial to you. Sometimes it might be better to sell it really cheap to get more sales.

First we have the Author Insiders Club calculator.
And it looks like this.

Ebook Calculator.

How Often Does Amazon KDP Pay Royalties?

Here you can play around with the numbers to see how much royalty you can earn on the two different options.

Paperback Calculator

Amazon royalty calculator for paperback

Here is Amazon’s own paperback calculator and here you can see how much you can earn with each book. But remember that you can see this in the last step of publishing your book and deciding how much you want your book to cost.

amazon kdp rate and royalty price

How Does Amazon KDP Pay You?

Amazon KDP offert 3 different payout options.
But depending on where you live in the world the options might be limited.

  • Direct Deposit (Recommended)
  • Wire Transfer
  • Check

Amazon recommends people to use the Direct Deposit option.
If you want to know more about the payout options go to this link.


Is There A Penalty For Missing Royalties?

No there is no penalty for missing Royalties, when you sign up you give Amazon your account so they will always pay out what you earned every month.
So you could say that it’s impossible to miss a payout.

What Happens If You Don’t Sell Any books?

Nothing will happen except maybe some frustration or maybe it will give you even more motivation to learn how to make the perfect book so you can start to earn money on Amazon like me!

Do You Need A Physical Book To Make An Ebook On Amazon?

No you don’t need a physical book to make an ebook.

Final Comments

I hope you liked this post and it explained to you how often Amazon KDP pays out royalties and how much royalties you can earn depending on what price you sell your books for.. 

Do you want to know how much you can earn from making low content books? A low content book is a book that takes zero effort and no writing to make?

Here is a link to my How Much Money Can You Make Selling Journals On Amazon

If you got anything to add or if you want me to answer any other question leave a comment.

Robin Esson

Hey, I'm a project manager, how to make money expert and dad of two who's all about maximizing the money. From creating successful money-making strategies to managing projects like a boss, I'm here to share my know-how with you. But don't worry, I won't bore you with jargon - I keep it real and add a little humor to make things fun. Let's build those passive income streams and live our best lives! Follow along for tips, tricks, and a little bit of quirkiness.


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