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Amazon will pay Self Published Authors based on the numbers of pages read in the book.

Can writing lengthy books earn you more? Amazon’s new policy says so…

From July 1 2015,  Amazon will pay Self Published Authors based on the numbers of pages read in the book. Amazon will use its KDP Select global fund and Kindle’s lending library feature to balance payments in this new policy.

So how this new payment plan will work? This is what Amazon announced:

The author of a 100 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $2,000 ($10 million multiplied by 20,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed 100 times but only read halfway through on average would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

 

You can read the full announcement here Amazon’s new kindle unlimited page read policy

Kindle has its own system for page count that is Kindle Edition Normalized Page count (KENPC). The system uses line spacing, font size and type, and line height to know how many pages were read based on standardized format.

One thing self published authors should also note that if a smartphone showed a book had 200 pages while a tablet displayed 150 pages then authors would be credited towards 150 pages read. This can be quite messy for self published authors.

We can’t say if it is for good or bad for self published authors but, Amazon says that the change was made in response to authors who “asked  us to better align payout with the length of the books and how much customers read”.

This leads us to an interesting question,

Can writing lengthy books will earn you more via kindle unlimited ?

According to this new policy of Amazon it seems so. But this new payment plan also depends on the number of pages read in your book. So, start writing page turners because every flip counts now!

And last but not the least, we would like to know your take on this.How it is going affect self published authors? As an author will you start writing lengthier books?

Please tell us your opinion about this and share it with other Authors.