What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?
June 20, 2015 - Kindle Unlimited
Amazon’s minute to writers who tell by a Kindle Select module explained that a regulation was changing since of a regard “that profitable a same for all books regardless of length might not yield a clever adequate fixing between a interests of authors and readers.” Amazon is being clever: While a authors of big, long, and critical books felt that they were shortchanged by a pay-by-the-borrow formula, they substantially didn’t design that Amazon would take their offer a step further. Instead of profitable a many ambitious, extensively authors for any page written, Amazon will compensate them for any page read.
Can a complement be gamed? Authors won’t be means to rest on that aged high-school pretence of regulating a bigger font, since there’s a new standardised metric, a Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC), that kicks off during a “Start Reading Location.” However, a plan of adding illustrations as filler could compensate off. As a support notes, “Non-text elements within books including images, charts and graphs will count toward a book’s KENPC.”
“We consider this is a plain step forward,” a orator for Amazon told me in an email. “Our goal, as always, is to build a use that rewards authors for their profitable work, attracts some-more readers, and encourages them to review some-more and some-more often.”
Short books have opposite economics in a digital era. Delivering information is so inexpensive that there’s no threshold that contingency be met to cover a costs of shipping and stocking. Paying someone to travel down a room aisle or empty a book and put it on a shelf—a large reason because a order of ride of an 80,000-word smallest evolved—is no longer a concern.
Many reporters have flocked to a form, anticipating that they can tempt a open to compensate for reporting. The New York Times gives divided dual books any month to everybody who buys a top-tier subscription, and some websites, such as Longreads, tell stories a length of a brief book. (I have experimented in a past few years with essay to a new normal myself, edition one book with fewer than 10,000 difference and another with 99 chapters of several hundred difference each.)