Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Increases by $1 Million as the Per-Page Royalty Drops in January 2017

Amazon saw a better than expected jump in Kindle Unlimited usage last month.

The retailer reported on its support forum that the KU funding pool had jumped to $17.8 million, an increase of a million dollars from December 2016.

The news not all good, however; the per-page rate fell in every market where we have data. Here in the US the December royalty was 0.52396 cents, which dropped to 0.4754 cents in January.

  • US: $0.0048 (USD)
  • Germany: €0.0033 (EUR)
  • France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands: €0.0047 (EUR)
  • Brazil: R$ 0.01150 (BRL)
  • Mexico: 0.0791 (MXN)
  • UK, Australia, India, Japan, Canada: no data

This drop is the per-page rate follows the expected annual pattern; there is usually a spike in KU usage in January due to all the Kindles and Fire tablets sold the month before.

The rate will likely increase again in February as trial users drop out.

P.S. Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month.

  • July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month)
  • August 2014: $4.7 million
  • September 2014: $5 million
  • October 2014: $5.5 million
  • November 2014: $6.5 million
  • December 2014: $7.25 million
  • January 2015 - $8.5 million
  • February 2015: $8 million
  • March 2015: $9.3 million
  • April 2015: $9.8 million
  • May 2015: $10.8 million
  • June 2015: $11.3 million
  • July 2015: $11.5 million
  • August 2015: $11.8 million
  • September 2015: $12 million
  • October 2015: $12.4 million
  • November 2015: $12.7 million
  • December 2015: $13.5 million
  • January 2016: $15 million
  • February 2016: $14 million
  • March 2016: $14.9 million
  • April 2016: $14.9 million
  • May 2016: $15.3 million
  • June 2016: $15.4 million
  • July 2016: $15.5 million
  • August 2016: $15.8 million
  • September 2016: $15.9 million
  • October 2016: $16.2 million
  • November 2016: $16.3 million
  • December 2016: $16.8 million
  • January 2017: : $17.8 million

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About Nate Hoffelder (11210 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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