Do You Want to Get Paid by the Page?

Starting July 1, Amazon will start paying some of its self-published authors by pages read rather than copies sold (or borrowed, if we’re talking about Kindle). This is an odd concept that could potentially hurt earnings for children’s book authors, who tend to write shorter works, but would benefit thriller and mystery authors, whose readers tend to stick through to the end. I’d say that it could effect nonfiction authors that spend years on thick reference books or research-intensive tomes, but those authors don’t tend to self-publish. (And for now, the per-page rule affects self-published e-books.)

Author’s Guild published an interesting article on the change, as did The Atlantic. They map out the pros and cons much better than I ever could!

What do you think about Kindle’s per-page payment structure?

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