Kindle Unlimited KENP Per Page Rate for May, 2017

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In May, 2017, the per-page rate for Kindle Unlimited KENP pages read dropped down a bit to $0.00433 from the value of $0.00457 for April, 2017.

It’s not the first time the per-page rate has dropped, though for quite some time it has held fairly steady, and not too long ago it peaked at about half a penny per page.

The rate is currently closer to $0.04 per page than it is to $0.05 per page, but that’s not the first time that it has ever flirted with $0.04 per page. In the past, when it dropped down to $0.04, it managed to work its way back up and hold it there for several months. (That doesn’t mean the same will necessarily happen again.)

The KDP Select Global Fund for May, 2017 was $17.9M, which is just a slight jump from the value of $17.8M for April, 2017.

This is a positive indicator. The Global Fund steadily rises. I remember when it was a “mere” $10M per month. Almost every month, Amazon pays out more royalties overall for Kindle Unlimited pages read. It’s a huge pool, and it’s growing. The challenge is much like paid sales: Getting customers interested in your book enough to read it (over the many other books on the market).

Copyright © 2017

Chris McMullen

12 comments on “Kindle Unlimited KENP Per Page Rate for May, 2017

  1. Is it really a matter of the KU per page rate “working its way up” or down as the case is, or Amazon simply lowering it. I think Amazon is unfortunately for authors just watching to see how little the authors will settle for.
    Thanks for your reports.

  2. Hi Chris

    Thank you for your interesting posts for Indie authors like me. I have a question, please.

    I have discovered several websites offering free (i.e. pirated) downloads of my novels: ‘Murder at the Theatre Royal’ and ‘Murder of a British Patriot’. I can’t help concluding that this might be why my Amazon sales have flatlined over the past couple of months. My kneejerk reaction is, if it is now normal for people to get my creative work for nothing, I give up. And if this is really killing my sales, it makes me feel like abandoning writing my 3rd Inspector Warren novel (of which I’ve already written 3/4 of the first draft), and indeed giving up writing altogether; and even perhaps pulling the existing books and consigning them to oblivion. Which is going to make me very unhappy.

    Do you have any knowledge, please, of what is really going on in terms of Kindle piracy? Are we approaching the end of a (very short) era of indie digital publishing because of these thieving scum?

    Best Regards

    Albert Clack

    Letchworth Garden City, England

    • Usually, sites like those make false claims, pretending to have free digital products, enticing people to click the links (and get a virus or who knows what). If sales have dropped, it’s more likely something else. Customers are more likely to shop at a trusted name like Amazon, even if it costs money, than to visit an untrusted, unheard of site, which carries risk. It’s common for book sales to slow 30 and 90 days after publication, when they are no longer found under the new release filters. It takes effective marketing, compelling content, and to keep writing and publishing new books, in general, to maintain or grow sales.

      However, if your book really has been pirated, you can issue a DMCA takedown notice, or contact the larger site that hosts the site (especially, if they’re using a big name like WordPress or GoDaddy for their website). You can find discussions about this on the KDP community forums.

      Good luck.

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