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James Murdoch email to Steve Jobs tells how much authors are paid for ebooks

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"The economics are simple enough. [Amazon] Kindle pays us a wholesale price of $13 and sells it for 9.99. An author gets $4.20 on the sale of a hardcover and $3.30 on the sale of the e-book on the Kindle."

Surprisingly small compared with self-publishing.