San Francisco — Amazon announced Monday that it will start paying eBook authors on its Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner’s Lending Library services based on the number of pages read instead of the number of downloads.
“We’re making this change in response to the great feedback we’ve received from authors who have asked us to better align payment with length of books and number of customers read,” the US-based online retailer said in a blog post.
“With the new payment method, you’ll get paid for every page customers read of your book, the first time they read it. “
The change, which Amazon says only applies to authors who publish themselves to Kindle, Amazon’s own e-book reader, will take effect in July.
Amazon said it has developed a way to standardize page count across devices and genres to account for differences in font size, line spacing, and more.
The Seattle-based company will continue to build a monthly Kindle Direct Publishing Global Select Fund, with money split among authors based on pages viewed instead of the number of digital books downloaded.
Some critics of using book downloads to split payments have argued that it favors short works, while the new calculation system could end up rewarding longer thrillers or “cliff hangers” at the end of the day. detriment of other genres.
Kindle Unlimited offers access to over 800,000 eBooks as well as thousands of audiobooks for a monthly subscription of $ 10.