Amazon to Pay Authors by eBook Pages Read

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Amazon to Pay Authors by eBook Pages Read

Amazon has done it again. The giant of a company has taken innovation in publishing to a new level by finding a way to provide eBook authors with more royalties.

Starting on July 1st, Amazon’s KDP Select Program authors will be enrolled in a new experiment where they’ll be paid for each page left on the screen for an adequate amount of time, the first time a customer reads a book, reports Gizmodo.

The current royalty method has Amazon splitting up a lump sum of money to its loyal authors based on the total times their eBooks are borrowed through their Kindle services. The new system lends itself toward authors who pen books that hook, and may help remedy the feeling some authors of longer titles have that they’re being ripped off.

In a letter Amazon sent to authors who publish through its Kindle Select program, the retail monster noted that the change in royalty allotment is due to a concern “that paying the same for all books regardless of length may not provide a strong enough alignment between the interests of authors and readers.”

What does the LitReactorVerse think of this new schematic? Is it a great way for the indie-published author to make more money, or will the idea crash and burn?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami June 22, 2015 - 3:51pm

Its complicated. On one hand this will be great, especially if you're like David Foster Wallace that writes lengthier tomes. Though I'm not sure how much this will help short story writers that aren't doing collections. And by that I mean epic length collections. A book that must be seperated by three volomes.

It seems like it's rewarding for writing in bulk. When some writers like me don't write often, but focus more intently on fewer short stories, but go through tens of drafts for each and every short story.

So unless you manage to hook them for a long time per page for 32 pages (a lot harder than you might think for short stories--especially flash fiction), it seems like it's cutting them out of a good deal.