Kindle Unlimited Payouts Low Despite Growth

Kindle Unlimited subscription ebooks authorsThe total sum Amazon reserves for Kindle Unlimited authors is growing alongside the subscription program, which arrived in Mexico and Canada last week.

But the size of the individual payouts authors receive every time their titles are borrowed isn’t keeping pace.

Publishers Lunch puts that figure at nearly $1.38 for January, about 5 cents lower than it was in December and the second-lowest since the program’s launch.

Last month, Amazon added $5.5 million to the pool through which it compensates Kindle Unlimited authors, bringing the total fund to about $8.5 million—to be split 6.175 million ways.

Responding to criticism that Kindle Unlimited is a bad deal for some authors, Kindle head Russ Grandinetti said, at Digital Book World 2015, “We treat authors the same way we treat buying customers” and asked for patience as Amazon tinkers with the model.


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