How does Xlibris NZ calculate Royalty payments?

Please note that Royalties are paid to you on all sales of your Work EXCEPT: (a) sales of used copies of the Work; (b) sales of the Work to yourself; and (c) copies of the Work given to any person or entity (e.g. the media) free of charge.

Xlibris NZ gives authors a royalty rate of ten percent (10%) through our distribution channels for print formats. Royalties are based on the payments we actually receive from the sale of printed copies of your book, less any shipping and handling charges or sales and use taxes. Also, we offer discounts to retail and wholesale customers, so the royalty amount you receive depends on what type of customer (i.e. retail or wholesale) bought your book and any discount they received. For each royalty-qualifying sale in print format through our website bookstores, you will receive twenty-five percent (25%) of the retail price.

For audio formats, you will receive one hundred percent (100%) of the difference of the Suggested Retail Price less the discounts (deductions) taken by any distribution channel for each sale of the individual Work. These deductions include promotional discounts, distribution discounts, and sales discounts.

You should be aware that the largest retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon and most Borders stores, place orders for Xlibris NZ titles through Ingram; those orders will appear as wholesale sales on your royalty statement.

Here's an example of a common sales transaction of a printed book:

  • The retail price (list price) for your paperback book is $15.95.
  • Your Xlibris NZ royalty rate for retail transactions is 10 percent.
  • A retailer, such as Amazon, places an order for your book through Ingram Book Company, a wholesaler.
  • Ingram then resells the book to the retailer.

Your royalty on this retail sale is calculated as follows:

Source Paperback list price Royalty % Royalty Earned
Amazon.com $15.95 10% $1.60

If your book is sold directly through the Xlibris NZ online bookstore, you receive a higher royalty amount twenty-five percent (25%). Your royalty on this sale directly through the Xlibris NZ online bookstore is calculated as follows:

Source Paperback list price Royalty % Royalty Earned
Xlibris NZ website $15.95 25% $3.99