Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool, Royalty, Increased in September 2016

6988272680_97102f42c6_bAmazon announced on Friday that the funding pool for Kindle Unlimited and KDP Select increased in September 2016, to $15.9 million. That is $100k more than in August, and represents a new peak for the funding pool.

The per-page royalty rose about 10% in the US and the EU markets (with the exception of Germany). The rate increase was smaller in Brazil.

  • US: $0.0050 (USD)
  • Germany: €0.0034 (EUR)
  • France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands: €0.0050 (EUR)
  • Brazil: R$ 0.012 (BRL)
  • UK, Mexico, Australia, India, Japan, Canada: no data

I don’t have info on other markets at this time.

The increase in royalty would appear to confirm my concern that the recent glitch which was affecting the pages-read count has indeed hit authors in the pocketbook. The funding pool stayed the same while the royalty rose, and that tells us that either fewer people used KU last month or that a larger than usual number of page views went uncounted.

That change in the number of pages read was first called a glitch, but there are now reports on KBoards that Amazon has mentioned having initiated a new anti-fraud algorithm in Kindle Unlimited. That algorithm might be eliminating real page views, but it might also have identified and filtered out fraudulent page views just like it is supposed to.

It is impossible to say which is happening here without more information from Amazon.

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
  • 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

image by Philip Taylor PT

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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. […] The retailer formerly know as Amazon revealed on Tuesday that the funding pool for Kindle Unlimited and KDP Select increased in October 2016, to $16.2 million. That is a bump of $300,000 over September 2016. […]


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