With so many ebook publishers available, it’s not always easy to figure out exactly which publisher is best for your ebooks. Use this ebook profit calculator to help you quickly get an idea of which eBook publishers provide the best royalties for authors.
eBook publishers pay different royalty percentages depending on what price the eBook has. Research shows that eBooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99 sell the most, all things being equal, so some online publishers incentivize pricing that falls between that range with higher royalties as can be seen in the chart.
Lulu offers the highest royalty percentage across the board at 90%. While it’s not as big a marketplace as Amazon or the iBook store, it’s definitely a publisher worth considering if only for the high royalty percentage.
Payments via check are made 45 days after the end of each month.
There is a $5 minimum threshold for Paypal payouts, and a $20 threshold for payments by check.
Amazon KDP is the world’s largest eBook publisher and has a reasonable royalty percentage as long as you follow the terms and conditions of the KDP program and are willing to price your eBook between $2.99 – $9.99.
Payments are made 60 days following the end of the calendar month.
There is no minimum payment threshold for EFT (electronic fund transfers) but there is a minimum threshold of $100 for check payments.
While Barnes & Noble’s physical retail presence has greatly diminished, its eBook sales are relatively strong thanks in no small part to integration with its nook devices.
The nook store is currently the third largest eBook store by volume of books sold.
Payments are made within 60 days of the close of each calendar month.
There is a minimum payout threshold of $10.
Rakuten breaks the rule and gives the highest royalty for books between $2.99 and $12.99 which is something to consider if you want to price your eBook at a slightly higher price point. Rakuten Kobo publishers benefit from the store’s integration with the Kobo e-reader devices.
Payments are made 45 days after the end of each month. Payouts have a minimum threshold of $50.
Despite the tech giant’s online domination, Google’s play book store is currently one of the smallest players in the eBook space despite its ubiquity on Android devices. Past troubles with keeping fake publishers off the platform have soured consumers’ on the store.
Payments are made on the 15th of each month. Payouts via EFT (Electronic fund transfer) have a minimum threshold of $1.
Payouts via wire transfer have a $100 minimum threshold
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