Selling my own book: my royalties are less than what I get with the Amazon Affiliate program

I just published my first book . And as a member of the Amazon affiliate program, I put an Amazon widget in the book site to get the referral rates by selling my own book.

The “funny” thing is that the referral rate is 6% of the book price which is more than what I get as royalty. Sure, I’m cheating a little bit with the numbers (you get the 6% referral rate in Amazon only after you sell more than 6 copies during the month and the royalties are so low because the book has three authors) but still I find the economics of the book business quite strange.

(and yes, we could have self-published the book to get a higher percentage of benefits, but there were good reasons to go with a known editorial, I´ll elaborate on this in a future post on the my research rants blog).

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6 thoughts on “Selling my own book: my royalties are less than what I get with the Amazon Affiliate program

  1. The whole remuneration structure of writing and selling books is broken. Broken, and rather reminiscent of a sausage factory. A pig, after all, has arguably the most important input into a sausage, but is not remunerated for its contribution.

  2. Referrals from Amazon Gift Certificates will earn a flat 6% referral rate. Affiliates will still earn the 6% referral fee even if visitors click on a product they are promoting and buy a Gift Certificate instead.

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