Author Central Has Changed

CHANGES AT AUTHOR CENTRAL

If you haven’t already done so, when you next visit Author Central, it will ask you to sign up (even if you are already signed up). This part should be easy. It found my previous information and quickly transferred it over. I checked my biography and author photos, which were the same (although I noticed a couple of duplicate photos and deleted the duplicates). At first, it seemed like my blog feeds were missing, but when I proceeded to add them, I saw that they were still there.

The way that books, reviews, and sales ranks are displayed has changed, and it is not as clear how to edit a book’s information.

(With thousands of authors currently checking out the new Author Central, it’s possible that you will experience delays or that the site will appear to be temporarily down when you visit. This happened to me briefly once, but was working again just a few minutes later. The other times I visited this morning, it was working fine.)

PLUSES

I like the Sales Rank report (but see the Minuses below) and Customer Reviews report. It’s basically the same information that we have seen before, presented in a new way.

Visually, these appear nice, in my opinion.

I also like that I can scroll down to see more ranks; I don’t need to paginate my way back and forth through all of my books.

The sales ranks are displayed according to popularity.

You can also change the marketplace to see how your books are selling in other countries, or to see recent reviews in other countries.

If you are looking for a specific book, the search tool (accessible by clicking All Books) makes it easy to search for one.

Back under Profile, it is easy to visit Author Central in other countries where it is available. You can also add a biography in a new language.

MINUSES

The Sales Rank report and Customer Reviews report can only be sorted by popularity.

In contrast, when you go to the Books page, you can change the sorting to alphabetical, newest to oldest, etc. It seem an obvious “oversight” that you can’t similarly change the sorting of the Sales Rank and Customer Reviews reports. Very often, I like to see how my most recent books are doing (sales rank or reviews), without having to search for each book specifically, so such sorting options would have been useful.

The Books page has changed. I see all of my titles (without having to paginate, which is nice), but with the old Author Central, we used to be able to see the total number of reviews/ratings and the average star value next to each book. Now we just see the book covers, nothing else (without additional clicks). I liked being able to monitor review totals and averages for several books on the page without having to click on one book at a time to access this information.

When I do click on a book from the Books page, with the first click it only pulls up a minimum of information, and it may not be immediately obvious to all authors that they can click again to see more information and get more options. It is necessary to click on one of the thumbnails if you wish to edit your book description or access other fields like From the Author or Editorial Reviews. Most authors will have two thumbnails (one for paperback, one for Kindle). After you click the thumbnail (really, the second time you click on a thumbnail), you will see slightly more information: the full title, the review tally (finally), and a little product information. You will also see an Edit Book Details button. Currently, this takes you to the classic editor. Beware that if you edit your book description, you need to copy/paste the HTML of the description into the book description field at KDP, otherwise the next time you republish your book (even just to change the price or keywords) it will revert to the old description (as KDP now overwrites the Author Central description).

SURVEY

On Home page or the bottom of other pages, you can find a quick Survey.

There was only one place to enter a comment, and it was a small box. It reminded me of the joke where an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper has a tiny rectangle drawn on it, with text above it stating, “Enter your complaint in the space provided.” I partly understand that if they allow thousands of authors to submit comments, they will be overwhelmed with an encyclopedic amount of feedback. Writers love to write, after all. But if they really want to know what needs to be improved and why, the survey really needs more than the few questions it asked.

If you have specific feedback that you would like to offer, there is a Contact Us button at the bottom of the Author Central page.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you like the new Author Central better, or the classic one?

What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

What Is the Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate? A Current Month-by-Month Breakdown

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HOW MUCH DID KINDLE UNLIMITED PAY PER PAGE?

Following is a monthly breakdown. I’ll update this page monthly to add the latest amount when it becomes available. I won’t be making a new post every month as I have done in the past; I’ll just update this article once per month. Check around the 15th of each month to find the per-page rate for the previous month. For example, July’s per-page rate will be available around August 15.

If you bookmark this page, around the 15th of each month you’ll be able to quickly pull up this page to see what the per-page rate is. (You might need to wait until later in the day or even until the 16th, depending.) By bookmarking this page in your web browser, you’ll have easy access to this page. Remember, I won’t be posting a new article each month like I did in the past; I’ll just update this page.

This list is for Kindle eBooks enrolled in KDP Select, for pages read through Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime borrows (where an official page read is called KENP). These are the KENP per-page rates. (Going all the way back to when Amazon started paying for pages read in the summer of 2015, the per-page rate has never fallen below $0.004 per page. It has come very close a couple of times, but it has often been in the 0.0045 to 0.005 range. If you read through the list, you’ll see that some fluctuation is typical.)

  • December, 2020: $0.00451
  • November, 2020: $0.00464
  • October, 2020: $0.00454
  • September, 2020: $0.00459
  • August, 2020: $0.00432
  • July, 2020: $0.00429
  • June, 2020: $0.00455
  • May, 2020: $0.0042
  • April, 2020: $0.00423
  • March, 2020: $0.00426
  • February, 2020: $0.00455
  • January, 2020: $0.00441
  • December, 2019: $0.00466
  • November, 2019: $0.00493
  • October, 2019: $0.0047
  • September, 2019: $0.0047
  • August, 2019: $0.00439
  • July, 2019: $0.00439
  • June, 2019: $0.00464
  • May, 2019: $0.00466
  • April, 2019: $0.00467
  • March, 2019: $0.00451
  • February, 2019: $0.00478
  • January, 2019: $0.00442
  • December, 2018: $0.00487
  • November, 2018: $0.0052
  • October, 2018: $0.00484
  • September, 2018: $0.00488
  • August, 2018: $0.00449
  • July, 2018: $0.00449
  • June, 2018: $0.0046
  • May, 2018: $0.00454
  • April, 2018: $0.00456
  • March, 2018: $0.00449
  • February, 2018: $0.00466
  • January, 2018: $0.00448
  • December, 2017: $0.00506
  • November, 2017: $0.00463
  • October, 2017: $0.00456
  • September, 2017: $0.00443
  • August, 2017: $0.00419
  • July, 2017: $0.00403
  • June, 2017: $0.00422
  • May, 2017: $0.00433
  • April, 2017: $0.00457
  • March, 2017: $0.0046
  • February, 2017: $0.00497
  • January, 2017: $0.00475
  • December, 2016: $0.00524
  • November, 2016: $0.00538
  • October, 2016: $0.00519
  • September, 2016: $0.00497
  • August, 2016: $0.00458
  • July, 2016: $0.00481
  • June, 2016: $0.00493
  • May, 2016: $0.00469
  • April, 2016: $0.00496
  • March, 2016: $0.00478
  • February, 2016: $0.00479
  • January, 2016: $0.00411
  • December, 2015: $0.00461
  • November, 2015: $0.00492
  • October, 2015: $0.0048
  • September, 2015: $0.0051
  • August, 2015: $0.0051
  • July, 2015: $0.00578

The list below is for the KDP Select Global Fund. It’s amazing that the KDP Select Global Fund climbed above $30 million dollars. These are royalties that Amazon pays to KDP Select authors in a single month purely for Kindle Unlimited (and to a much smaller degree, Amazon Prime) borrows. It doesn’t include royalties for purchases; it’s just pages read for borrows. That rate is over $300 million per year, which is a huge audience. Back in the summer of 2015, it had first jumped above $10 million. It tripled in the 5 years since. If you go back to before Amazon introduced the notion of paying for pages read, in July 2014 it was a mere $2 million (15 times smaller than it is now).

  • December, 2020: $34 million
  • November, 2020: $33.2 million
  • October, 2020: $32.9 million
  • September, 2020: $32.7 million
  • August, 2020: $32.6 million
  • July, 2020: $32.4 million
  • June, 2020: $32.3 million
  • May, 2020: $32.2 million
  • April, 2020: $30.3 million
  • March, 2020: $29 million
  • February, 2020: $27.2 million
  • January, 2020: $28.2 million
  • December, 2019: $26.2 million
  • November, 2019: $26.1 million
  • October, 2019: $26 million
  • September, 2019: $25.9 million
  • August, 2019: $25.8 million
  • July, 2019: $25.6 million
  • June, 2019: $24.9 million
  • May, 2019: $24.6 million
  • April, 2019: $24.1 million
  • March, 2019: $24 million
  • February, 2019: $23.5 million
  • January, 2019: $24.7 million
  • December, 2018: $23.7 million
  • November, 2018: $23.6 million
  • October, 2018: $23.5 million
  • September, 2018: $23.4 million
  • August, 2018: $23.3 million
  • July, 2018: $23.1 million
  • June, 2018: $22.6 million
  • May, 2018: $22.5 million
  • April, 2018: $21.2 million
  • March, 2018: $21 million
  • February, 2018: $20 million
  • January, 2018: $20.9 million
  • December, 2017: $19.9 million
  • November, 2017: $19.8 million
  • October, 2017: $19.7 million
  • September, 2017: $19.5 million
  • August, 2017: $19.4 million
  • July, 2017: $19 million
  • June, 2017: $18 million
  • May, 2017: $17.9 million
  • April, 2017: $17.8 million
  • March, 2017: $17.7 million
  • February, 2017: $16.8 million
  • January, 2017: $17.8 million
  • December, 2016: $16.8 million
  • November, 2016: $16.3 million
  • October, 2016: $16.2 million
  • September, 2016: $15.9 million
  • August, 2016: $15.8 million
  • July, 2016: $15.5 million
  • June, 2016: $15.4 million
  • May, 2016: $15.3 million
  • April, 2016: $14.9 million
  • March, 2016: $14.9 million
  • February, 2016: $14 million
  • January, 2016: $15 million
  • December, 2015: $13.5 million
  • November, 2015: $12.7 million
  • October, 2015: $12.4 million
  • September, 2015: $12 million
  • August, 2015: $11.8 million
  • July, 2015: $11.5 million

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

How Much Did Kindle Unlimited Pay in January, 2020?

The Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate for January, 2020

$0.004411 is the per-page rate for KENP read for Kindle Unlimited in January, 2020. It’s down from December’s rate of $0.004664, which was also down from November. It takes a dip around this time almost every year, probably an effect characteristic of the holidays. Fortunately, even after the dip, it’s still significantly above $0.004 per page.

The KDP Select Global Fund rose to a record high of $28.2 million for January, 2020.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

Kindle Unlimited for December, 2019

The December, 2019, Kindle Unlimited Per Page Rate

The Kindle Unlimited per-page rate was 0.004664 in December, 2019. It’s down from December, perhaps from holiday Kindle sales, but close to what it had been in October.

The KDP Select Global Fund rose to a new high of $26.2 million for December, 2019.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

Amazon 4-Star Store

AMAZON FOUR-STAR STORE

I recently visited an Amazon 4-Star store. I had no idea what to expect, other than my assumption that every product in the store was rated 4 stars or above.

(My daughter asked why they didn’t have a 5-star store. I tried to explain that it would be virtually impossible, since if a product had 49 5-star reviews and one 4-star review, it would drop the average below 5 stars.)

The first thing I realized was that it wasn’t a bookstore. There were a few books, but there were mostly other products. Later, the cashier informed me that their selection is constantly changing, and includes some cool and trending products, not just bestsellers.

There were definitely many interesting products. The prices of most of the products seemed quite reasonable to me, plus when I looked closer, I noticed that Prime members save even more, and the savings is often significant.

My daughter found a Harry Potter item that she wanted. Normally, I wouldn’t have paid $75 for it, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that the Prime price was less than $30. Most of the Prime discounts were more modest, but as I mentioned earlier, most of the prices seemed reasonable to begin with.

I also found the same toy that I had ordered online a few days previously, and it was $55 (or $69 for non-Prime members) in the store, whereas I had paid $130 online. Well, it was easy to decide to return my online purchase and buy the one in the store instead.

Even the Amazon gift card that I purchased is really cool. It looks like a small Amazon Prime box, and inside you put the gift card.

I was a little worried about getting my Prime savings, but it turned out to be far easier than I had imagined. I didn’t need to download an app. I didn’t need to remember my password. All I had to do was use any credit card (perhaps there are a few restrictions of which I’m unaware) that I’ve ever used to make a purchase on Amazon. When I inserted my credit card at checkout, the system did indeed recognize my card and it applied my Prime savings.

I instantly received an email receipt on my phone, too (though they also gave me a paper copy in my bag).

My visit to the Amazon 4-Star store was interesting, fun, and provided me with unexpected savings. Even my trip to the store was a surprise. I had no idea there was an Amazon store where I would be visiting.

It was cool to discover Amazon in a store.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

November, 2019: What was the Kindle Unlimited per-page Rate?

The Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate for November, 2019

In November, 2019, Amazon KDP paid $0.004925 (nearly $0.005) per page read for Kindle Unlimited.

This is up from October’s rate of $0.0047.

The rate is nice now (it seldom rises above $0.005). At the beginning of the year, the rate sometimes takes a quick dip, perhaps due to extra holiday reading or from the many Kindles that Amazon sells for the holidays. If it does dip in January, note that it usually picks back up fairly soon.

The KDP Select Global Fund rose to $26.1 million for November, 2019.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

Read Tuesday (and Every Day)

READ TUESDAY

The Read Tuesday website is now active again.

What is Read Tuesday? The idea is to help readers find books that are on sale.

It is starting small. Currently, there is one page for Romance novels. Additional pages for other genres may be coming soon.

The idea is simple. Authors or publishers may add a short comment to the Romance page on the Read Tuesday website to indicate that their romance novel is on sale. Please read the instructions at the top of the page.

Readers interested in romance novels can browse the comments, looking for an interesting book that will be on sale.

The Read Tuesday website will evolve, depending on interest. We may add additional pages for other genres, or we could even have pages with subgenres in the future if needed.

Presently, we’re looking for books that will be on sale in December of 2019.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

Thanks for Reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you for reading our blogs.

Thank you for reading our books.

Thank you for writing reviews.

Thank you for telling your acquaintances about what you’re reading.

Thank you for recommending good books.

Thank you for shopping for books.

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Thank you for your Follows and Likes.

May you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

Kindle Unlimited, October, 2019

The Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate for October, 2019

$0.0047 is the Kindle Unlimited (KENP) per-page rate for October, 2019.

It’s nearly identical to the rate for September, 2019. (You need more decimal places to see a difference.)

September and October were about 7% better than July and August.

The KDP Select Global Fund reached a new high of $26 million.

Write Happy, Be Happy

Chris McMullen

Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides