Amazon modifies royalties

a pile of currency of many types

After more than 10 years of making nonfiction writers choose between either 70% or 35% royalties, Amazon has introduced a new level — 50%. It’s only for nonfiction books.

Two other key points need to be noted:

(1) This option is only available to authors who use KDP. Those who use Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, or another aggregator to list are out of luck.

(2) It requires an optimal reading experience for readers. The last thing Amazon wants is for Apple or other formats to display more attractive books.

What’s at stake?

Educational and instructional materials, detailed guides, travel books, art books — any book that has lots of images. What’s significant is that writers can now price nonfiction books above $9.99 ($4.99 to $19.99) and there are no download delivery fees.

There are several requirements, and some marketing benefits, but overall it seems like a good option for image-heavy books. As you might imagine, there are many special conditions that apply (i.e., an awful lot of fine print), so it is advisable to get a more detailed description of this new Amazon offer. For more information, go to:

Olga DeLawrence

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