Amazon implements pay-per-page-read for authors

Kindle Direct writers to get paid according to number of pages read of their books

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Amazon is changing its business model for some self-published authors on its Kindle e-reader platform. Starting July 1, the e-commerce firm will pay according to the number of pages of each book read rather than paying based on the number of borrows.

“Under the new payment method, you'll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it,” the company said in a statement.

According to the new system, the author of a 100-page book which was borrowed and read completely 100 times will be paid $1,000 a month

Currently Amazon pays royalties after 10 percent of a book is read which incentivises authors to write shorter books, which may in turn disappoint readers.

Switching to a system based on how fast readers turn a page could prove to be a good incentive for writers to focus their creativity on grabbing reader’s attention.

Amazon says it made the change “in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read.”

The new pay-per-page-read method will be applicable to e-books that are published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing programme and that are read as part of the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Online Lending Library. 

TRTWorld and agencies