Kindle magazine & newspaper publishers get new 70% revenue share deal

Nov 9, 2010

Amazon has announced its new revenue share terms for magazine and newspaper publishers releasing digital content for the Kindle platform, and it's familiar reading if you've gone through their ebook terms of sale. As of December 1, publishers will earn 70-percent of the retail price, net of delivery costs, as well as having a new Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool to more easily add content.

The new terms require that the emagazine and enewspaper content be available across all Kindle devices - that is to say, not only Amazon's dedicated ereader hardware, but their software apps as well - but also in all geographies for which the publisher has rights. Blog owners offering their content on Kindle won't be eligible for the new deal, however.

As for the new tool, now in beta, it allows new accounts to be created, content added and previewing of Kindle formatting. More details here.

Press Release:

Amazon Announces 70-Percent Revenue Share Terms Now Available for Kindle Magazine and Newspaper Publishers

Starting today, publishers can use the new Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool to more easily add content to the Kindle Periodicals Store

SEATTLE—Nov 8, 2010—, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that magazine and newspaper publishers will soon be eligible to earn a larger share of revenue from each title they sell in the Kindle Store ( For each magazine or newspaper sold, publishers will be able to earn 70 percent of the retail price, net of delivery costs. These new 70-percent royalty terms will become available on December 1, 2010.

“We are constantly working at improving the Kindle magazine and newspaper experience for both customers and publishers,” said Peter Larsen, Director of Kindle Periodicals. “Building on the recent introduction of Wi-Fi-enabled Kindles and the upcoming availability of newspapers and magazines on Kindle Apps, we’re pleased to add an increased revenue share and a great new tool for making Kindle better and easier than ever for publishers.”

For orders delivered to Kindles using Amazon’s Whispernet service, delivery costs are shared between Amazon and the publishers (see for more information).

To qualify for the 70-percent royalty terms, newspapers and magazines must satisfy several customer experience requirements, including:

· Customers can read the title on all Kindle devices and applications.

· Customers can read the title in all geographies for which the publisher has rights.

These new terms do not apply to blog publishers because existing terms are generally more advantageous for them.
Amazon also announced the Beta release of the Kindle Publishing for Periodicals tool, which allows publishers to more easily add their newspaper or magazine to the Kindle Store. Publishers can quickly create their account, add content and preview Kindle formatting prior to making their titles available for the fast-growing base of Kindle customers.

To learn more about the new royalty terms for publishers and Kindle Publishing for Periodicals, visit

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