KDP Followup – The Books Sell


KindleMy ebooks have been up in Kindle for a month and a day and the numbers are interesting.

US books sold: 10
Total: $47.26

Now wait, I hear you say. At $7.99 a pop, with 70% royalty, that’s $55.93, what’s happening? Not all the books sell at that rate. Most go for the traditional 35% and no, Amazon doesn’t specify why. I also sold three copy on Amazon.de for £4.44 profit or there about ($5.45 USD) which is about $16 US so my total is lingering at $64.

I admit, I’m not pushing these as much as I might, so that’s really not terrible. This result is for the combined total from WordPress Multisite 101 and WordPress Multisite 110.

The part that is annoying me right now is that the Kindle Store pays you 60 days after the first month where you make over $10. So July I made about $30, but I won’t see that money until October first, give or take. Does that seem odd to anyone else? If feels like they’re still a little mired in the old paper way of doing business.

I still get a grin seeing myself show up in a search for ‘WordPress Multisite’ on Amazon, though!

Search for 'WordPress Multisite'

6 responses

  1. The 35% sales are for non-“blessed” sites. Somewhere on the KDP pages there’s something about which countries you can get 70% from, and which you can’t. Essentially, if it’s bought from Amazon.com, but the purchaser’s account isn’t in US or Canada, you get 35% instead.

    1. See why can’t Amazon just say stuff like that in English?

    2. They do, actually! But they say it in obscure places, and they don’t say it on the Excel spreadsheet that they let you download on the 15th.

    3. (And part of why they hold your money 2 months is to allow for returns, so they can refund people. The other part is because they can, and get royalties on it. :p )

    4. And for even more fun, your foreign sales (.DE, .FR, etc.) are counted separately. You have to get to $10 in that country before they send you the electronic deposit. (I still have some money sitting in the Amazon.ES “box,” waiting to get up to about $10…)

    5. I figured that out, too, sneaky bastiches.

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