…when the the Great God Amazon introduced their ‘Kindle Edition Normalised Pages (KENP) Read’ thing-y there was much ballyhoo and static noise on the virtual waves as to whether or not it was the thin end of a miserly wedge for Authors… at the time, I was already ‘housed’ with a publisher and therefore not privy to the daily access on Amazon sales pages for my wee masterpieces… the furore passed me by… of course, peripherally I picked up on the various comments from writers about the mechanism… some liked it, some were less than enthusiastic… now I’ve reverted to being only self-published, my interest has been ‘re-Kindled’ (see what I did there, Mabel!) I’m looking closer at how it really WURKS… much of the thrust from the negative constituency spun around how tiny the royalty payment amount looked per page… sum’where in the order of US$0.005 per page absorbed… a little pause here p’raps, to explain to the uninitiated how it goes… subscribers pay a monthly fee to have unlimited access to as many titles they can download on Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL)… now let’s make a comparison that makes money sense (is there any other kind for a Scotsman?)… in general terms my books price at US$ 3.99 and if I sell a book on Amazon.com I get 70% royalty– US$ 2.79 before any taxation… if I assume say 30% tax deduction for US sales that goes down to US$ 1.95… compared with a book of ‘normalised‘ pages of say, 300 pages at US$ 0.005 will yield to me US$ 1.50… on the face of it it looks as if I’m being short-changed… oh, Lawd… Heaven forfend… but hang on a minute… the flip side is not so much talked about, and it is this… the new mechanism actually creates more readerships for many titles, which heretofore may never have seen the light of a Kindle-day… I’ve been intrigued with the new blue line (at least new to me) charting the pages read of my novels… and must confess I like it… if sumb’dy’s read halfway through one of my books, it will show as a big spike to that number (150 pages) on the graph… okay, that translates to $0.75 in royalty earned … but multiply a little by a lot and yeez end up with not too dusty a total… and the clincher for me is the old thing about these being eBooks, there is no added cost to me in having the downloads on the KENP gig… I’d rather have lots of small contributions than no contributions, and who knows how much further enticement it creates for a new reader to come back and want a decko at more of yer stuff?… my links are listed below (never miss a commercial plug, Master Gallacher, attaboy!).
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