Portland State University. Department of English
Publishers and publishing, Electronic publishing, Book industries and trade, Electronic commerce
From digital rights management to retail costs, controversy has always accompanied ebooks— although it hasn’t even been a decade since Amazon first released the Kindle. This discussion, however, explores another question: How have e-books affected author payments?
The most significant change in author payments has been e-book royalty rates. While the standard rates are seven and a half percent for trade paperback books and fifteen percent for hardcover books, royalty rates for e-books are twenty-five percent—the same today as they were when e-books first flooded the market in 2009. While royalty rates are higher for e-books than their printed counterparts, debates about digital royalty rates continue to surface at publishing conferences.
Lacock, Missy, "E-Books and Author Payments: The Affect of Digital Publishing on Author Royalties" (2015). Book Publishing Final Research Paper. 7.