How do you feel about pay per page read?
I recently wrote about Amazon’s new “pay per page read” royalty plan for borrows in
and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL):
While certainly, there has been some pushback on it…in particular, from authors (and in some cases, their agents), who feel like it might radically reduce their royalties.
It will…for some people.
It will also likely increase royalties for other people.
Before the new plan (which went into effect July 1st), all borrows in Kindle Unlimited (from publishers using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing) shared a pool of money, based on the number of borrows.
Whether a title was three hundred pages, or three pages, everybody got the same amount.
The only requirement was that a borrower read 10% of the titles.
Let’s say the books had the classic 250 words per page.
That three page book had 750 words…so 75 words would be enough for payment (you’ve read twice that many in the post already).
The three hundred page book had 75,000 words…so, 7,500 words (thirty pages) before someone got paid.
It’s different, but making the longer book more valuable seems reasonable to me.
Note also that it’s not just that the book is longer…it’s that the reader actually read more of it, presumably getting more value out of it.
I’ve been trying to come up with analogies for this, to help me understand it. I wanted to know why someone would be passionately opposed to it.
Suppose you wanted one bottled water. Further suppose that you could only buy a six pack.
Does it seem reasonable that the person who drank one bottle and threw away the rest paid the same amount as the person who drank and got value out of the six bottles?
How about at a restaurant?
Would you shop at a restaurant where you always had to pay for a salad, soup, appetizer, main course, and dessert, even if you only wanted the salad?
People do order “prix fixe”, where they pay one price for several courses.
On the other side, I can see the argument that if you order a medium pizza and only eat two slices, the restaurant still had to make the whole pizza…it’s not their fault if you don’t eat the whole thing.
That doesn’t feel quite the same, though…the restaurant used up resources on the pizza. The writer did use resources (time, creative energy), but it’s not limited in the same way.
I want to hear from you, my readers, as to what you think about it. You can certainly make comments on this post, and I’m going to do a poll. Tell me why you don’t like it, or why you do.
If you are both an author and a reader, please approach the poll as a reader…you can express your writer’s perspective in the comments. 🙂
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