For Kindle Unlimited Titles, Amazon Will Pay Royalties Based On Pages Read

For Kindle Unlimited Titles, Amazon Will Pay Royalties Based On Pages Read

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Tara Bellucci
Jun 23, 2015
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Quit that novel after a few chapters? Now, the author won't get paid the same as if you finished it. For authors opted-in to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon will be basing royalties on pages read rather than downloads, starting July 1.

The change affects self publishers who opt in to the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, which makes books available to "borrow" from the Kindle library and to those with Amazon Prime.

“We’re making this switch in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read,” the company said.

On the other side, writer Peter Maass made a restaurant analogy, saying we should just "pay for how much of a burger I eat.”

Readers, what do you think? Is it a fair system, or does it cheapen the work? Also, is it creepy Amazon knows how much you've read of any given title, or is that par for the digital era course?

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