Are Amazon *Really* Paying Authors Per Page Read? No. No, They’re Not. [Pause] Well…

[Originally this post wasn’t very clear on the differences in lending programmes, and it was pointed out to me that Irish Amazon customers can avail of Kindle Unlimited through the Amazon.co.uk site. I’ve updated the text to improve/reflect this, and thank Kate and Caoimhe in the comments for pointing this out.]

I understand how the internet works. I know what click bait is. If I click on a headline like She Used a Pen To Open an Envelope. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next… or His Dog Pooped In His Shoe and the Shoe’s Reaction was PERFECT, I agree that I’ve no one to blame but myself. But headlines about Amazon paying self-published authors per page read has my blood pressure spiking.

They’re inaccurate because they’re out of context. The truth is buried in the posts themselves no sooner than five or six paragraphs down, but people don’t seem to be reading that far based on the tweets I’ve seen in my stream. And as for people outside the self-publishing world – well, they seem to be missing the whole point of it altogether.

Now, it’s been a while since I wrote a nuts-and-bolts post about a self-publishing thing but [rolls up shirtsleeves, takes a swig of espresso] here goes:

Amazon KDP 101

Let’s recap the basics first.

You publish your book to Amazon KDP because you want it to be for sale in the world’s various Kindle stores. A boatload of tees and cees aside, you get paid either 35% or 70% of the retail price depending on how much you decide to charge for your book. If it’s $2.99 or $9.99 or somewhere in between, you get 70%. If it’s not, you get 35%.

So if someone buys your book, you get paid. Got that?

Good. Now…

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Kindle Book Lending Programme

When you publish your book to Amazon KDP, you check a box that says you agree to make your book available for lending. You will check this box, because you won’t be able to click the “Publish” button if you don’t – if you want to publish to KDP, you have to make your book available for lending. Makes you wonder why they even ask, right? Well, maybe they’re just being mannerly. Either way, if you publish to KDP, your book is available for lending in the Kindle Book Lending Programme.

This is the system whereby a Kindle user can loan another Kindle user one book at a time for a lending period of up to two weeks. Authors get paid diddly squat for this but, hey, there’s little difference between that and me lending a paperback I bought to a friend, and you might get a new reader out of it. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a new review.

The Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL)

If you are a Prime customer, you can avail of the Kindle Owners Lending Library, or KOLL. This is where Amazon customers who use Kindle and subscribe to Prime get to borrow one book per calendar month from Amazon, for freesies, but it’s free like the hot chocolate and cookies they hand out at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, i.e. included in the ticket price.

Remember: this is for Amazon customers. And just the ones who pay for Prime.

Authors are compensated for this, which we’ll get to in a second.

Kindle Unlimited

Right. [takes another swig of espresso] This is where things start to get complicated, so stay with me.

In addition the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Amazon customers can avail of something called Kindle Unlimited. It’s basically a subscription service. For a flat fee ($9.99 a month in the U.S.), Amazon customers can download all the Kindle books they want.

Remember: this is for Amazon customers too.

KDP Select

KDP Select is when you and your Kindle book sidle up to Amazon and seductively whisper “There’s no one else. It’s only you.”

It’s when you, an Amazon author, make your Kindle book exclusive to Amazon and pinky-swear you won’t publish it in digital format anywhere else in the known universe.

In exchange you get some promotional stuff and higher royalties in some scenarios, but most importantly you get:

  • listed/made available to customers in the Kindle Owners Lending Library
  • listed/made available to customers of Kindle Unlimited
  • compensated for any borrows or downloads that may then occur.

This last bit? It was all about Amazon authors.

The Pot of Gold At The End of the Rainbow

How are you compensated?

When an Amazon customer borrows your Kindle book through the Lending Library or chooses it via Kindle Unlimited, they are not paying for it per se. No money exchanges virtual hands; the customer downloads it at no cost to them. But technically Amazon does get paid for it, because the KOLL is a benefit of being an Amazon Prime customer ($99 a year in the U.S.) and KU is $9.99 a month.

So just like Mickey’s hot chocolate in Magic Kingdom (again), it’s a perk you get for “free” that in reality is included in the ticket price.

But what about you, the author? Well, this is where the infamous pot o’gold comes in. Amazon compensates its self-published authors for these KOLL and KU borrows by giving them a share of a finite fund, which changes monthly. As I type this on Tuesday 23rd June 2015 at 9.21pm, the fund for this month stands at $3 million. If you’re a self-published Amazon author, you’ll always know how much the current month’s fund is, because you’ll get an e-mail about it.

How is your share determined? First, Amazon counts all the times that KDP Select books were borrowed from the KOLL or downloaded through KU in a calendar month. Let’s say that in May that was 1,000,000 times and that the fund was $3,000,000. DIVIDE! That means that every time a KDP Select book was borrowed from the KOLL or downloaded through KU – don’t you lurve acronyms? – the action was worth $3 to the book’s author.

So, if you have three titles enrolled in KDP Select (i.e. exclusive to Amazon) and those three titles were borrowed from the KOLL/downloaded through KU 8, 42 and 103 times respectively, you make $459, because you were borrowed/downloaded a total of 153 times and 153 x $3 = $459 if my iPhone hasn’t had a stroke.

Authors have been complaining about there being a “cap on earnings” which some might take to mean that there is a limit to how much you can earn through selling your books on Amazon’s Kindle store because the money comes out of a shared, finite pot. But that’s not what’s happening. What they mean is that there is a cap on how much they can earn from having their books borrowed via the Kindle Owners Lending Library or downloaded via Kindle Unlimited, which is, of course, a different thing.

Because – presumably – more and more books will be added to the KOLL and KU list, and Prime and using KOLL will grow in popularity (it certainly will if they roll it out in more countries – hey! Hey! *WAVES FROM IRELAND*), customers will have more books to choose from and there’ll be more (times) borrowed/downloaded, but the fund might not grow at all. So you might still be borrowed/downloaded 153 times, but because there were 3,000,000 borrows/downloads overall, now your share is down to $1 per borrow/download – and because of all the increased competition, you had to work a hell of a lot harder to earn it than you did your $3 two paragraphs ago.

Or, to put it more simply: in the future, this situation may suck.

Please note: I’m not using the words compensated or downloads to make a political statement. I’m just using it to differentiate from getting paid for actual sales.

PAYING PER PAGE READ? REALLY? IS THAT A THING NOW?

Okay. [drains cup of now cold espresso] After all that, are Amazon really paying authors per page read?

No. If you self-publish to Amazon KDP and someone buys your book, you get paid for that book regardless of whether or not they even glance at it on their device.

But

Remember those “times borrowed/downloaded” we were talking about above? Well, they only qualified as a time borrowed/downloaded if the borrower – the Amazon Prime or KU customer – read past 10%.

In other words, KOLL users and KU customers could do what we all do, which is download book after book to our Kindle and then never read past what amounts to the free sample that we should’ve really just read first, and Amazon – cleverly – didn’t think the authors of those books should get paid for that. (Personally, I agree. We don’t get paid when they download samples. Less than 10% of a book is a sample by another name.) But Amazon have decided to change this.

Now, authors will be compensated for the times their books are borrowed from the KOLL or downloaded via KU based on how many pages the customer then reads of their book. 

Instead of the “read past 10%” thing.

(And yes, before you ask, they’ve come up with a way to “normalize” the length of books to compensate for personal font size choices, etc.)

It will still be out of the aforementioned pot o’gold, or shared fund.

So I ask again: are Amazon really paying authors per page read?

If we are talking about self-published Kindle books that have been enrolled in KDP Select/have been made exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle store and are then either borrowed from the Kindle Owners Lending Library which is only open to Prime customers and/or Kindle books that are downloaded via the Kindle Unlimited subscription service that costs just under ten dollars a month then, yes, Amazon are paying authors by per page read.

But who’s going to click on that?

To reiterate: if I go onto the Kindle store now and buy your book and then never even download it, you will still get your 35 or 70% share of the retail price that I paid for it.

Therefore while “Amazon pays authors by page read” is technically an accurate statement, it is a fragment of a much longer statement that’s been taken out of context to make a prime cut of click bait.

Just Tell Me Why I Should Care – Or If I Should at all

Personally, I don’t really care. I see KOLL and KU compensation as an add-on to my royalties, not my bread and butter. (To be honest, I got more upset about misleading, click-baity headlines than I did about the changes to  KDP Select.) I don’t think it’s a bad thing, being compensated per page read. I’m essentially neutral about it.

The problem, I think, is the shared fund and its ever-decreasing share for you. But I’ve always had the same approach to problems with Amazon: like it or lump it, those are your options. You don’t have to self-publish through Amazon and fudge knows they don’t need us to self-publish through them. So you either play by their rules, or you don’t play at all. Or you play elsewhere. But I really don’t see the point in being annoyed about the terms of a thing that is entirely optional.

But anyway…

If all of this has any bearing on us self-published authors at all, it’s that we should be making every effort to make every single page as good as we can possibly make it, so that anyone who picks up – or clicks open – one of our books doesn’t even think about stopping before they reach THE END. 

But isn’t that what we should’ve been doing anyway?

What do you think of all this?

I know what I’m doing: getting back to Orange is the New Black… 

(Want more self-publishing talk? In Dublin this Saturday? I’ve got just the thing for you.)

71 thoughts on “Are Amazon *Really* Paying Authors Per Page Read? No. No, They’re Not. [Pause] Well…

  1. Andrew Leon Hudson says:

    I think you have summed up the Amz/KDP/ABC/KU/XYZ/KOLL/ppp (“pay per page”) situation very well, and are right about how writers ought to be reacting to it, were they not striving for ppp (“perfection per page” this time) already.

    I decided to try Amz exclusivity about a week before the new system popped into existence, and my knee jerk reaction was to think “Great, I’m just in time to be part of the second generation of Amz self-publishers moaning about the good old days of how it used to be before me”. Then I thought about it for a few minutes, and I suspect it’s a better system.

    I’ve read a criticism of the change on the grounds that it’s now favouring quantity over quality – write a big book, get more money – but that argument seems flawed to me. Committing to finish a long book usually signals that there was at least a degree of quality in it as well, it’s not a simple either/or.

    By contrast, if I pick up a 600 pager and flat out don’t like it after 5, I’m not going to push on through any more than if I pick up a 15 pager and feel the same… if anything it would be more likely I’d see out the shorter one. If the writing isn’t good enough, hundreds of unread pages just equal more ballast.

    True, if I do like and therefore read all of that shorter text, the author gets paid 585 shares* less than if it was the monster-sized one – but I still liked his/her book, and that counts for a lot. Maybe it means I’ll try the thirty other great 15-page books they have out, and all those pages start to add up.

    This comment ballooned, sorry. One last thing: it would be interesting to know whether Amz plan to have *completion percentage* influence their rankings. It was, presumably, pretty easy to handle that when the 10% threshold equated to a sale. If authors are now getting rewarded for writing books good enough that readers want to finish them, then what is more valuable: one extra share of ppp-value linked to the final page, or a boost to findability that reflects a satisfied (or, at least, dedicated) customer? I’d say the latter.

    * pieces of eight?

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I think this way is the one that favors quality over quantity, because right now you have scammers and schemers in the KDP Fund pool, writing very short books under familiar names (like Lee Childs, for instance) hoping to “trick” readers into downloading them and, hey, it doesn’t take too long to get past 10% in a 30-page book so you might not realize your mistake before then.

      But in general, this is such a small part of the self-publishing pie, I wouldn’t be getting my knickers in a twist over it…

      • mattjohnsonauthor says:

        I’ve been asking myself why this had happened and had put it down to clandestine ‘author’ groups adopting methods to download each others work to get a slice of the pie. The idea that so-called writers would copy names and produce mini-books is another example of how some people will look to exploit an opportunity for financial gain. In truth, these people needn’t even be authors, any criminal group could create enough words for many ‘books’, join the programme and then wait for the spoils to roll in.
        A great post with some equally interesting responses.

  2. kingmidget says:

    My problem is this … The way I’ve seen this explained is that the author gets paid based on # of pages read when the reader first reads the book. I’m sorry but that bears no relationship to the reader’s enjoyment of the book. Case in point. Frequently I will finish a book just before I want to go to sleep, but I start my next book just to get a feel for it. I might only read five or ten pages with the limit having nothing to do with whether I like what I’m reading.

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      But I don’t think that’s what’s happening. The way it reads on the KDP website is that the pages read are substituting the qualified borrows. So prior to July 1st, Amazon would count up all the times your books were borrowed/downloaded and the reader read past 10%, including borrows/downloads that had happened in the past but only now got past the 10% rule. From July 1st onwards, they’ll count your pages read. It’s quite possible it’s only the first time those pages are read – as in, you don’t get paid for re-reads – but that’s the way the world of books works anyway, so there should be no problem with that. But if I borrow your book, start it this month (let’s say 100 pages) and finish it next (200 pages), you’ll get paid for 100 pages read this month and 200 pages read the next. The way you describe wouldn’t be workable.

      https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I think this answers it for me definitively (from Amazon’s own page):

      Will I be paid every time someone reads my book?
      No. You will only be paid the first time a unique KOLL customer downloads your book. A customer can read the book as many additional times as they like, but you will not be paid additional amounts.

      In other words, they pay NOT on the first reading session, but on the first read, as in, you don’t get paid for re-reads. That’s all “first time” means.

  3. Susan Lee Kerr says:

    Go, Catherine! Thank you so very much for clarifying precisely. I’d been glancing at news articles and glazing over, saying to myself Amazon-whatever, I’m stuck. You’ve set it out perfectly, bless! As it happens, my CS/KDP book is just coming off Select. So now I know I will get 100% of my KDP 70% royalty when a book is purchased, no worries. And something when it’s borrowed/downloaded by extra-signed-up Amazon customers, because they are going to be absolutely totally gripped and compelled by my true-story novel. Thank you!

  4. Karen Guyler (@originalkaren) says:

    That’s really great, clear, non-histrionic advice, thanks! I guess amazon have to do something about all those non-editted, non-formatted, dogs of books thrown together in five minutes, and we’ve all downloaded some of those! For those who care about their readers’ experience, it seems things will be the same and let’s hope it is the benefit for quality writers it seems!

  5. caoimhemccabe says:

    Hi Catherine, great article!
    Just FYI I joined KU as a subscriber through amazon.co.uk, it’s open to ROI readers if you’re interested. At least it was a few months ago when I joined….

  6. Captain Black says:

    Thanks for the excellent clarification. That’ll teach us to read more thoroughly and check our facts before knee-jerk reacting.

    So, Amazon are going to pay authors bonus sums, depending on how readers read their books? This is unfair. Why? Because it’s none of Amazon’s business how and when I read.

    I want authors to get paid fairly for their work, but not at the expense of my privacy. Amazon will not be deriving or inferring anything from my reading habits. I prefer to opt out of this kind of snooping culture.

  7. jladdicoat says:

    Thanks Catherine,
    I was told about the pay per page thing recently and I couldn’t believe it. Thanks for putting this up.
    I’m about to put it up on FB so others can get the right information.

  8. Kate Aaron says:

    I think you’re confused about what models Amazon offers.

    Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) — This is the entire self-publishing platform. We all sign up to KDP, and depending on the price of our books, earn 35-70% “royalty” (I dislike that word because it isn’t a royalty at all in any traditional sense). IN ADDITION, if you’re in the 70% bracket the book has to be *loanable* — this is NOT KOLL/KU/any other system. It means that once someone purchases the book they can send a copy to one friend, once, for a two-week period, after which the book reverts to the original owner. The author isn’t paid extra for this. Really it’s no different to loaning a friend a paperback.

    KDP Select — A programme by which authors offer Amazon exclusive distribution rights to their book in return for becoming part of various programmes (see below) and earning 70% royalty in some of the smaller domains where non-exclusive authors are capped at 35% whatever the list price of their books.

    Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) — The initial Select programme. This makes all the books in Select available free to customers with Amazon Prime membership. Prime members get one free borrow of a book a month. Authors earn a share of a pot at the end of the month.

    Kindle Unlimited (KU) — A monthly subscription service by which Amazon customers can borrow and read as many books as they like. Authors signed up for Select have their books automatically enrolled in KU. It used to be authors were paid a share of the pot (an uneven share, it should be noted, with big publishers receiving their full standard payment per borrow, and the bestselling indies being offered thousands of dollars in monthly bonuses for taking part, all of which reduces the amount the thousands of average authors walk away with).

    KU is now going to be paid per pages read, rather than having a 10% read trigger a full payment. Smart estimates place the payment per page at something less than half a cent each. Also, how accurate are Amazon when it comes to calculating your ebook’s estimate page length? Because I know they’re way off with mine 😉

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      Thanks Kate but isn’t that exactly what I said? Other than differentiating between the “basic” borrow through KDP (outside of KOLL) and the KOLL/KDP Select lend, this is what my post says.

      And the pot – the Global Fund – is for both KOLL and KU lends/downloads:

      https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN

      It’s all coming out of the same thing.

      I do agree with you that problems with page length are up ahead…

      • Kate Aaron says:

        You’re welcome. I think it’s also important to recognise that the pot is uneven, because too many think they’re getting a fair share. Unless you get tens of thousands of borrows a month, you don’t. Not that I can understand why anyone would grant exclusivity (usually something a distributor pays ~more~ for) on a “you can pay me what you want” basis and expects Amazon or any company to play fairly.

  9. gina amos says:

    Catherine… Thanks for the information. Negotiating one’s way around Amazon is equivalent to a rat being caught in a maze. I am an Australian and I chose not to enrol in KDP Direct because I wanted to hedge my bets, so I signed up with both Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords is brilliant. Better reporting as well. With Smashwords I receive my royalties every quarter when my sales exceed US$10.
    However, with Amazon I have to wait until the royalties reach US$100 in America and other listed countries except for Australia. If the sales occur in Australia there is no limit and the royalties are credited quarterly into my bank account. With CreateSpace (an offshoot of Amazon) I have paperbacks. Royalties have to exceed US$100 but they don’t send the payment electronically, they send it by cheque. It costs me $A15 to deposit to my account and then there is the exchange difference.
    As for the Amazon Lending Library, well I can’t even begin to get my head around that one…

  10. Kate Sparkes says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! The click-bait headlines and overreactions across the board have been ticking me off. I’m just going to copy the link to this post and drop it as my comment, because I’m tired of clearing up these misconceptions. You’re amazing.

    I only have a short story in KU (I don’t like exclusivity, really, so my longer novels are available elsewhere), so I stand to lose money per borrow under this new system. I don’t care. Overall, this is fantastic for readers AND authors. Getting paid per page for borrows means that longer works will now get paid more than short stories, which reflects the differences in pricing and earnings that we expect to see when we buy e-books. Even better, maybe this will mean great things in terms of what authors are producing. Maybe we’ll see more well-edited books that deserve to be read to the last page instead of “how many books can I get out there and get people to 10% on to rack up borrows” and “hey, if I split what’s really just one story into ten parts, I can make ten times the money on borrows!”

    I know most authors want to put out quality work, and most aren’t gaming the system. But it’s nice to know that Amazon is on top of those who ARE gaming it. I’m glad that longer and more absorbing works are going to be making more money in KU, even if it means my own shorter stuff in there makes less. It’s just more fair to everyone.

  11. Kate Sparkes says:

    Reblogged this on disregard the prologue and commented:
    Reblogging for author types who may be confused, or for anyone who sees click-bait headlines trying to freak people out. Authors are still getting paid the same amount as we were before for every book you purchase on Amazon. We still set our prices and get the same share. Amazon’s new payment system only affects borrows through Kindle Unlimited, and it now pays more for gripping, high-quality, and longer books than it does for short stories and books people don’t want to finish. I consider this a positive change, even if it means some of us need to make adjustments in our plans or marketing tactics. This post is a great explanation if you’re looking for one.

  12. Move the Mountains says:

    Thank you so much for clearly communicating all of this! I was confused! You are amazing!

  13. creativeboho says:

    Wow, what a wonderfully worded, thought out post. Definitely understand the KOLL and KU of Amazon now. They should include your post as a type of explanation manual when considering self publishing through Amazon. great job again!

  14. bobbie says:

    I NEVER read all the comments posted on blogs and/articles–I rarely finish articles, unless they’re amazing. Both your article and the comments that followed were so well-done. I feel up-to-speed now and thank you for translating!! All the best to you all and may you write page-turning pages from here on. 🙂

  15. Seraphina Donavan says:

    This system has been implemented as a means of appeasing authors of longer books who felt that it was unfair to be compensated equally with authors of shorter books. As an author of shorter books (numbers short stories, series and novellas, all of which are enrolled in KU), I do take issue with this, but not the policy itself. I take issue with the fact that we sign up for 90 days at a time, and until that 90 days is up, I cannot publish my book anywhere else even though I have disenrolled it from KU. I am still bound by the contract. Meanwhile, Amazon has, without adequate warning, completely altered our compensation schedule. So, while I could previously estimate what my monthly earnings would be and have some inkling of whether or not KU was beneficial to me, now, I am back in the dark with no clue whether or not this will work. I think with these radical overhauls, Amazon should provide authors the opportunity at that point to withdraw completely. I have at least 20 novellas that are under 100 pages in KU and 6 full length novels. I now have to revamp everything and figure out whether this new model is financially viable for me, which in turn, takes away from my writing time… and as we all know, Amazon favors the prolific author.

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I think that’s a fair point – when Amazon make a huge change like this, they should offer KDP Select authors a one-time “get out of jail free” clause if they’re in the midst of a 90 day commitment, because the rules have changed from the initial opt-in.

      However I don’t really understand how anyone could estimate monthly earnings in advance. It’s impossible to say how many books you’ll sell from one month to the other, or to be assured that a book that sold 1,000 copies this month will sell any the next. This isn’t a salary. Furthermore KU and KOLL are just one part of how you get paid; surely outright sales are the thing? Can you tell whether or not this will be beneficial to you? No, and it may be harder to tell now than it was last month. But that’s always been the case. Book selling is an experiment. You just have to go ahead and do it – that’s the only way to find out how much you’re going to make.

  16. 1WriteWay says:

    Oh, this makes my head hurt! And I’m not even a self-published (or published) author 😉 But thanks for the explanations, although if I ever do self-publish through Amazon, I’ll probably just do what I have to do and then walk away. At least I hope I will. By the way, love the pink typewriter 🙂

  17. colettecoen says:

    Really fascinated by this. I’m selling my books of short stories in fairly small quantities on Amazon but absolutely zero on Smashwords. I had thought that it might to a good idea to put my books on a couple of platforms but after reading your post I’m beginning to reconsider and may go all out for Amazon which will then give me the possibility access the lending fund.

  18. cmariearts says:

    When I sell a hand crafted necklace I’ve gotten paid, If the person never returns the necklace yet never wares it. I have gotten paid for my work. I am paying $99 a year for Prime. but if I don’t read at least 10% of a borrowed work, the Author ( Artist, Crafter Of Words) is cut out of their percentage of this fund that their craft makes possible? Maybe I’ll get around to reading a borrowed work in a week a month a year. Is that the Authors fault? I’m I crazy?

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      You get paid because the person bought the necklace. That’s a sale.

      Borrowing is a perk of a flat-fee service that you pay for, yes. But you have to be realistic: if you only read 10% of a book, that’s exactly the same as reading the Kindle sample for free. Authors don’t get paid for that. To make the situation fairer, they have moved to a pay per page model – and it doesn’t apply only to the first occasion you sit down to read the book. If you read 100 pages this month, the author gets paid for 100 pages. If you read the remaining 300 in six months’ time, the author will get paid for those 300 pages then. If Amazon had to pay authors in full every time a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited downloaded a book – whether they read it or not – there would be no such thing as KU, because that model is not sustainable.

      If you are upset that authors are being unfairly compensated for KU or KOLL, there is a very simple solution: don’t use them. Buy all your Kindle books outright instead. Then, whether you read them or not, the author gets their 35 or 70% share of the retail price even if you never bother opening them at all. But will you do that? My guess is no.

      This model is fairer for both reader and author.

  19. colettecoen says:

    Reblogged this on Colette Coen and commented:
    Found this article really interesting, and as a result am about to remove my books from Smashwords and go all out with Amazon. I know Smashwords is meant to be all about the author – but for a UK audience, it’s just not bringing any result.

  20. Cristina says:

    Thanks for this. I read another blog earlier today bemoaning the “Amazon is only paying me per page read” and it didn’t sound right. Your post explains it all, nuance by KDP nuance, with all the fine points delineated. Oh excellent espresso for helping you–and us–get through all those details.

  21. Julieann Dove says:

    That post was flippin’ informative. It was like an infomercial I can keep and re-read later when I remember what I had a question about. Seriously, though, thank you for simplifying that whole Amazon ordeal. I always wonder about publishing through them, on my own. Now, I’m more the wiser because of this awesome post. Thanks for sharing:)

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