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Amazon Starts Offering UK Publishers Higher Kindle Royalties

UK authors and publishers can now choose to get a 70 percent royalty from ebooks sold via Amazon.co.uk’s Kindle Digital Text Platform.

That’s before delivery costs, which are £0.10 per megabyte. Amazon.co.uk says the average 368Kb ebook would include £0.04 of delivery costs – hence, they would make £4.17 from a £5.99 ebook – up from £2.10 using the standard royalty framework.

This higher tier has been available to U.S. authors and publishers since June, after being announced in January. But, to qualify, books must be priced between £1.49 and £6.99, must be at least a fifth cheaper than the equivalent printed book, be available in multiple countries and be made available as text-to-speech.

As my colleague David Kaplan wrote when Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) introduced the new tier in the U.S….

“The new option completely reverses Amazon

2 Responses to “Amazon Starts Offering UK Publishers Higher Kindle Royalties”

  1. deehell

    And ebooks are subject to VAT in the UK, hence £5.99 less VAT = £5.09 x 70% = £3.57, less £0.04 of delivery means they (publishers & authors) get £3.53, not £4.17. Presumably the publishers save on the cost of print, delivery to Amazon, and all other associated costs of turning trees into books for sale.

  2. Please clarify: “… Amazon.co.uk says the average 368Kb ebook would include £0.04 of delivery costs – hence, they would make…” This THEY refers back to AMAZON. I assume you mean the authors/publishers, because of the previous paragraph, but … really not a clear sentence.