I’ve just been speaking to IngramSpark [Australia] and discovered that Ingram **only** charge for the actual print cost of a paperback!!!!

-dance-

No idea why that’s such a big deal?

Allow me to explain. π

When you print [and sell] your paperback through KDP, your royalty is calculated as the difference between the sale price of the book and two things:

- the print cost
- the cost of distributing [i.e. selling] through Amazon

Amazon’s distribution cost will always be 40% of the List Price [the sale price], but the print cost will vary depending on what, and how, you print. For example, black & white costs much less than colour.

To explain how distribution and print cost affect royalty, I’m cheating a bit and taking the next bit straight out of my KDP how-to book:

Royalty = (List Price β 40% [to Amazon]) – Printing

Or to put it another way, when your paperback sells on Amazon:

- Amazon takes its share – 40% – from the
totalsale price,- This leaves 60% of the total sale price.
- From this 60%, Amazon takes the actual print costs.
- Whatever is left over is your royalty.
To illustrate this point, letβs say the List Price of a book is $10 and the print cost is $5.

- From that $10, Amazon takes $4 – i.e. 40%.
- That leaves $6.
- From that $6, Amazon takes $5 β i.e. the cost of the printing.
- That then leaves $1 as the royalty owed to the author.
Β [10 – 4] – 5 = 1

Note: back when you had the option of selling your paperback directly through CreateSpace, the cost of selling through CS was 20% rather than the 40% owed to Amazon, but there was still a charge.

Knowing how Amazon and CreateSpace calculate royalties, I assumed that IngramSpark must have a distribution cost factored in there somewhere as well. But they don’t, and I couldn’t be happier! IngramSpark will distributre your paperback worldwide *without* charging for the distribution. All they charge is the print cost. Suddenly, the setup fee and the revision fee don’t feel so bad any more.

Until I see exactly how Amazon and IngramSpark function together, I won’t be completely sure of my figures, but I am now itching to try it and see. And of course, you’ll be the first to know what I’ve learned. π

cheers

Meeks