I’ve read some great blogs on this subject and want to share this one with you.
Roger goes into great description to explain to you just how Amazon is pricing the KENP and it’s extremely interesting.
But I admit that what particularly caught my attention the most is how it will affect my own books. Lately, I’ve seen that many of my friends have chosen to go the route of Amazon Select and therefore in the Unlimited program with their books. It took me a while to make up my mind too. But in the end I succumbed to the temptation, added a few books and waited.
Sure enough, once they were promoted so folks knew about them, the books started getting read and the pages piled up.
So… not being too stupid, I added a bunch more and saw them getting snapped up also. Since most of my books are not long reads, I thought it might work against me. My full-length ones come in at around the 55,000 – 65,000 word length. And calculating the number of pages in the old way of 250 words per page meant that I didn’t have a huge number of pages: 220 – 260 pages.
But after reading Roger’s blog, I realized that low page count wasn’t against me. He seems to think that Amazon’s Policing means more like 187 words per kindle page. That stoked my fire – big time.
As you can see, with a book like Special Agent Maximilian which has 59,571 words divided by187 = 318 pages x 0.0057 = $1.81 is earned for every time the full book is read. Now that’s totally acceptable. (Hopefully AZ continues to pay around this amount each month.)
Roger also says that this is based on a 12pt text. Since I format all my work on Pressbooks, I’m sure that the word count is within the regulations but you might want to make sure you’re keeping within those guidelines if you’re publishing a word document - which is possible – just not advisable for anyone to be doing nowadays.
So… I’m beginning to see that Amazon has won me over again. If my books get read, I’m happy. If I get paid, I’m even happier. And if folks out there in the world get to read as many books as they want for one low monthly price, then I guess they’re also happy… that’s just the way of the world.
***Therefore - those of you who have joined the unlimited program, and are paying your $9.99 per month, please do check out my books. My author page is Mimi Barbour and while you're visiting, do me the honor of "Following" me so Amazon will continue to let you know when my next books are released.