Kindle Unlimited KENP rate Nearly at Half a Penny per Page Again


The per-page rate for Kindle Unlimited nearly returned to half a penny per page in February, 2017.

The KENP per-page rate is $0.00497, which actually rounds to half a center per page.

The rate is up a little from January’s rate of $0.004754.

The KDP Select Global Fund dropped from $17.8M in January to $16.8M in February, which returns it what it was back in December, 2016.

It’s typical for Kindle Unlimited to pay less per page (or going back further, per book) in January and for the rate to return somewhat in February, and it’s also typical for the Global Fund to see a peak in January, which it did again this year.

Through the end of 2017, the per-page rate finished strong, holding above half a penny per page for the last few months, and the Global Fund rose consistently throughout the year.

Copyright © 2017

Chris McMullen

16 comments on “Kindle Unlimited KENP rate Nearly at Half a Penny per Page Again

  1. Chris,
    My Christmas present to me was your 4 in 1 guide to self-publishing. I want to thank you for putting it together because I have found it indispensable and chock full of good advice. I am currently editing excess words out of my debut novel with the aim of self-publishing some time in the summer.
    I have a question regarding Kindle Unlimited. The option features in your book, but the information predates the introduction of the pay per page change (UK Createspace edition, purchased December 2016) so I don’t have a full feel for whether to go for the option.
    Even after enthusiastic pruning, my Createspace edition will come out at about 500 pages, which at approx. 310 words per page would make the Kindle edition (approx. 147 wpp) 1050 pages! Does KENP calculate the rate on a book’s average paperback page size or the actual Kindle page? The difference is substantial. If someone reads the whole of the above book, I would get the UK equivalent of $2.34 by one calculation, but more than double, $4.99, by the other.

    • Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 Amazon defines a Kindle edition “normalized” page (KENP), and the effective page count is based on that. You have to publish the ebook to find out what this number is, though in many cases it generously exceeds the paperback edition’s page count. Pictures contribute to the word count, too. Good luck with your book.

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