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Understanding Royalties and Payments on Amazon KDP

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a self-publishing platform that allows authors to publish and sell their books directly to readers on KDP offers a variety of royalty options, so authors can choose the one that best suits their needs.

Royalty Options

KDP offers three different royalty options:

  • 70% royalty on ebooks sold in the United States. This is the default royalty option for KDP authors.
  • 35% royalty on ebooks sold in other countries. This royalty option is available for authors who are not residents of the United States.
  • 70% royalty on print books sold through This royalty option is available for authors who are enrolled in KDP Select.

KDP Select is a program that allows authors to make their books available exclusively on Authors who enroll in KDP Select receive a 70% royalty on all print book sales through, as well as a number of other benefits, such as free book promotion and access to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.


KDP payments are made on a monthly basis. Authors are paid for all sales that are processed during the previous month. Payments are made via direct deposit or check.

The minimum payment threshold for KDP is $10.00. Authors who earn less than $10.00 in a given month will not receive a payment.


It is the author’s responsibility to pay all applicable taxes on their KDP earnings. Authors should consult with a tax advisor to determine what taxes they are required to pay.


Amazon KDP is a great platform for self-publishing authors. The platform offers a variety of royalty options and payment methods, and authors are paid on a monthly basis. However, it is important to be aware of the royalty rates and payment terms before you start publishing your books on KDP.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • KDP Help Center
  • KDP Royalties
  • KDP Payments