Kindle Unlimited Funding Rises in December 2015 as the Royalty Dips Yet Again

Kindle Unlimited Funding Rises in December 2015 as the Royalty Dips Yet Again Kindle (platform) Streaming eBooks Amazon has announced the funding and royalty payments for Kindle Unlimited for December 2015.

Following a brief hiccup on Friday caused by a date miscalculation, Amazon revealed that the arbitrary funding pool for December was $13.5 million. The KENP per-page royalties were (by region):

  • US: 0.461 cents per page (USD), a drop of 6.3% from November’s payment of 0.492 cents
  • UK: 0.306 pence per page (GBP), a drop of 6.4% from November’s 0.327 pence.
  • Germany: 0.389 cents per page (EUR), a drop of 8.5% from November’s 0.425 cents.
  • France: €0.00429 cents per page (EUR), a drop of 6.3% from November’s 0.458 cents.
  • India: ?0.1008 per page (INR), a drop of 6.2% from October’s ?0.1075.

This is the second month that Amazon has varied the royalty to fit local markets, and as Chris Mcmullen points out the royalty has consistently dropped about 6.3% across the board.

Amazon has in fact been letting the payment drop almost every month since switching over to the new per-page royalty in July 2015:

Kindle Unlimited Funding Rises in December 2015 as the Royalty Dips Yet Again Kindle (platform) Streaming eBooks

For those who are interested, Amazon originally published the monthly Kindle Unlimited reports on 15 January before retracting them and republishing them. According to one author I know, there was a date emasculation:

The numbers make it pretty obvious that somebody ran a report that omitted a few days at the end of the year. I can tell this because my most popular Select book was a new release on Christmas Eve, and the number of pages read jumped from 12,000 in the first report to 26,000 in the second report. The other books all went up by much smaller, non-proportional amounts.

Thanks, Morris!

Here's a list of the monthly funding pools.

  • May 2014: $1.2 million
  • June 2014: $1.2 million
  • July: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month)
  • August: $4.7 million
  • September: $5 million
  • October: $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

data, chart via Chris McMullen

image by Images_of_Money

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. […] See the full story: Kindle Unlimited Funding Rises in December 2015 as the Royalty Dips Yet Again […]

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  2. […] In fact, since July 2015 with the page reads, the monthly page reads readers are making has increased by a higher percentage than the pool of money, resulting in a lower per page payout. This means, more readers are using the program, a boon for Amazon because it keeps people coming to their site. For some authors they’ve seen their overall pays increase because the volume increased, but more see lower earnings because Amazon’s system is geared towards more heavily promoting the books that are already a success and keeping them there (the very nature of there’s over 1 million KU books, Amazon can’t promote all of them equally). http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/01/16/kindle-unlimited-funding-rises-in-december-2015-as-the-roya… […]

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