How does the Kindle Press Submission & Publishing Agreement work?
At the time of submission you will be asked to review and accept the terms of the Kindle Press Submission & Publishing Agreement
. This agreement gives us certain rights to your work and gives you certain rights and obligations. Below is a helpful summary of the major points in the agreement, but it is neither part of the agreement nor intended to replace reading the full agreement. The agreement alone forms the contract between you and us.
You give:What are the circumstances in which I can get my rights back?
- An opportunity to consider your book for publication during a 45-day exclusivity period, starting as soon as you submit to Kindle Scout. You also give us the right to display an excerpt of your manuscript, your name and photo, and other materials you submit to us on the Kindle Scout site and distribute your work in order to solicit feedback.
- If your book is selected by for publication by Kindle Press, we’ll have the exclusive, worldwide right to publish it in eBook and audio formats, in all languages, for a term beginning on the selection date and auto-renewing every five years. If you do not earn at least $25,000 during any 5-year term, you’ll have six months after the end of that 5-year period in which you can choose to stop publishing with us and request your rights back.
- An opportunity to get paid for your writing. We're looking for never-before-published books of about 50,000 words or more. If we select your book for publication, you will be entitled to a $1,500 advance and royalties on net revenues at a rate of 50% for eBooks, 25% for audio editions and 20% for translations.
- If your book is selected for publication by Kindle Press, and you later want to stop publishing with us, you’ll be able to get your rights back in a variety of circumstances.
Kindle Press authors are entitled to reversion of their rights in the following circumstances by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
– no questions asked:
What if my book is not selected for publication by Kindle Press? If your book is not selected by Kindle Press, you automatically get all of your publication rights back at the end of the 45-day exclusivity period or as soon as we notify you that your book has not been selected. If you’re ready to self-publish, Kindle Direct Publishing can help you self-publish your book in minutes on Amazon.
- Initial Publication: Reversion of all of your rights if your book has not been made available for sale within 6 months of selection by Kindle Press.
- Withdrawal from Publication: Reversion of all of your rights if, after two years from first publication, you have earned royalties of less than $500 in the preceding 12 months.
- Audio Rights: Reversion of your audio rights if, after 90 days from selection, an audio edition of your book is not in production.
- Language Rights: Reversion of your rights in a specific language if, after 90 days from selection, an edition in that language is not in production.
- Performance-Based Reversion: Reversion of all of your rights if, at the end of your initial 5-year contract term or any 5-year renewal term after that, you have earned royalties of less than $25,000 during that term and you request reversion within six months.
What royalty will I receive for sales of my work?
You will receive a royalty of 50% on net revenues for eBook sales. ”Net revenue” is the amount we actually receive from sales of the book, minus delivery costs and any returns or transactions by customers for which we are unable to collect payment, excluding taxes.
Books selected for publication by Kindle Press may also be published in audio format or be translated into different languages. Amazon will cover all costs associated with producing those additional formats and you will receive royalties at a rate of 25% on net revenues for audio editions and 20% on net revenues for translations.
Will my work be published by Kindle Press in physical formats?
No. Kindle Press only licenses rights to publish your book in eBook and digital audio formats. You may publish print editions through another publisher or choose to use self-publishing services such as CreateSpace.