Kindle Unlimited Payout Jumps in April 2016 as Funding Pool Holds Steady

Kindle Unlimited Payout Jumps in April 2016 as Funding Pool Holds Steady Kindle (platform) Streaming eBooks Amazon announced on Friday that the funding pool for Kindle Unlimited remained unchanged in April 2016, at $14.9 million. At the same time, authors and publishers are reporting that the per-page payout had jumped slightly, to just under half a cent per page.

In other words, it looks like the fears that authors were being harmed by the KU page count scam were indeed unfounded.

The rate for the US market was $0.00496 per page; here are the rates for a few other markets.

  • UK: £0.00315 (GBP)
  • Germany: €0.00333 (EUR)
  • France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands: €0.00474 (EUR)
  • Canada: $0.00492 per page (CAD)
  • Brazil: R$ 0.0114 (BRL)
  • India: 0.108 per page (INR)
  • Mexico: $0.8251 (MXP)
  • Japan: 0,8178 (JPY)

You may have noticed that the rate for Germany is much lower than that of the surrounding countries. I don't know why it's different but I do have two different sources for that figure.

Perhaps people are reading more in Germany, and Amazon is taking a step to discourage the habit? (That doesn't really make any sense, does it.)

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

  • May 2014: $1.2 million
  • June 2014: $1.2 million
  • 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

Chris McMullen,

image  by Jonathan Rolande

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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."

2 Comments on Kindle Unlimited Payout Jumps in April 2016 as Funding Pool Holds Steady

  1. Three typos: after the €, in both Germany and France, etc. It should be 0 (zero), not lower case o. And a comma after France.

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