The Publisher Always Wins In E-Book Deals

The Author’s Guild has a story about how publishers are getting more while authors are getting less in e-book sales. This is thanks to the standard 25% rate that authors get.

The article argues that publishers are more motivated to sell e-books than paper books because it means they’ll have to pay out less to authors. It also breaks down how much a few authors lose in this current publisher-skewing landscape.

“The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett
Author’s Standard Royalty: $3.75 hardcover; $2.28 e-book.
Author’s E-Loss = -39%
Publisher’s Margin: $4.75 hardcover; $6.32 e-book.
Publisher’s E-Gain = +33%

“Hell’s Corner,” by David Baldacci
Author’s Standard Royalty: $4.20 hardcover; $2.63 e-book.
Author’s E-Loss = -37%
Publisher’s Margin: $5.80 hardcover; $7.37 e-book.
Publisher’s E-Gain = +27%

Read the whole post here.

Thanks to eBookNewser for the original article.

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