Sales, Royalties, and Payments

Where will readers buy my story?

Stories will be available on Amazon.com and in a new Kindle Worlds store, as well as on Kindle devices and via Kindle Free Reading apps on iOS and Android devices, PCs and Macs, and Kindle Cloud Reader.


What price will Kindle Worlds charge readers for stories?

Amazon Publishing will set the price for most works between $0.99 and $3.99.


What kind of promotion will I receive?

Kindle Worlds stories will benefit from being in a new section of the Kindle Books store on Amazon.com and Kindle devices. We expect to support many titles that sell well and receive strong customer reviews with additional promotion.


What Kindle royalty will I receive for my work?

Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the World Licensors and the author. Your standard royalty rate (for works of 10,000 words or more) will be 35% of net revenue. As with all titles from Amazon Publishing, Kindle Worlds will base net revenue on customer sales price less customer returns, delivery and transmission costs, and excluding taxes rather than the lower industry standard of wholesale price. Royalties will be paid monthly.


What will the royalty be for a shorter Kindle Worlds story?

Amazon Publishing is piloting an experimental new program for particularly short works – between 5,000 and 9,999 words. For these short stories—typically priced less than one dollar—Amazon will pay the royalties for the World Licensor and pay authors a digital royalty of 20% of net revenue. The lower royalty for these shorter works is due to significantly higher fixed costs (such as credit card fees) per digital copy.


What about royalties for other formats like physical or audio books?

These are outlined in the publishing agreement.


How often will I get paid?

As with all Amazon Publishing authors, you will be paid monthly. Each month's royalties will typically be released within 60 days of the end of every month.  For example, royalties for sales in July will typically be released by September 30; royalties for sales in August will be released by October 31, etc.


How will I receive sales information and royalty statements?

You'll see your royalty statements in Amazon Author Central as well as in monthly royalty reports, as all Amazon Publishing authors do. You can also see reports on Sales rank and Author rank, along with tools to help you connect with readers. Your book must be for sale on Amazon.com for at least thirty (30) days before reports start to appear on Amazon Author Central.


Will Kindle Worlds stories be available in Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL)?

Not at launch, but we hope to be able to do this in the future.


Can I participate in Amazon author programs like Author Central and Author Pages?

Yes. You can claim your titles in Author Central, build an Author Page, review sales reports, and take advantage of the features we offer.

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