Kindle Unlimited KOLL Payment for September, 2014

Unlimited Reading


Kindle Unlimited paid $1.52 per download read to 10% in September, 2014.

This is nearly the same as August, 2014, which was $1.54.

Both are down significantly from $1.81 for July, 2014 (which was a partial month of Kindle Unlimited), and are down from the usual $2 or more from the Amazon Prime days (but customers can only borrow one book per month through Prime).

Update: Kindle Unlimited payments dropped further, down to $1.33, for October, 2014. It’s back up tof $1.39 for November, 2014. It’s further up to $1.43 in December.

To me, the big number is $2,000,000. KDP started the KOLL global fund at $3,000,000 for September, and added another $2,000,000 to prevent KOLL from paying less than $1.50 per borrow.

This shows two things: (1) Amazon doesn’t want the KOLL payment to drop too low and (2) Kindle Unlimited is still very active. The second point shows that there is a significant Kindle Unlimited market presently.

Books with list prices of $2.99 or more draw a greater royalty through sales, but it’s quite possible that many customers who are reading books through Kindle Unlimited wouldn’t have purchased many of those books otherwise. There is some trade-off. Opting out of KDP Select opens up other opportunities at Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc., but will ‘your’ book sell well through those channels and will it make up for leaving KDP Select? It’s a tough call. And it’s possible that Amazon sales will go down if opting out of Kindle Unlimited (as Kindle Unlimited has a positive impact on sales rank).

Every book is different. I’m keeping my books in KDP Select. My sales ranks seem to have dropped somewhat, yet overall my monthly Kindle royalties have steadily risen from July onward. This shows that many more Kindle e-books are being read as a result of Kindle Unlimited. (Sales themselves have improved slightly for me, and the borrows make for nice gravy.)

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18 comments on “Kindle Unlimited KOLL Payment for September, 2014

  1. I’ve actually seen a lot of people consider leaving KDP Select because they think the Unlimited plan is horning in on actual sales. I was wondering about this, but you brought up a good point. Kindle Unlimited allows people to try your books for ‘free’ when they might not have made the attempt in the first place. It’s almost like have a constant free sale without having to drop your price. If that makes any sense.

      • Maybe you can answer something for me. I’ve been trying to figure out that line chart on the Kindle Report page. What data is it talking about as far as the ‘Paid/Red Line’? For example, this thing says I sold 23 Paid Units yesterday, but the Month-to-Date Unit Sales section shows maybe 5 sales among all the books. Some of those may have even been today, which says I already sold 2, but it doesn’t look like I sold any by the numbers.

        So, do you happen to know what that red line is connected to?

    • I believe the Sales Dashboard shows sales approximately when they are made, while the Reports shows sales approximately when the payment has been processed. Depending on the payment method, there can be a significant delay. There has been some discussion of this lately, perhaps with lengthy delays (several days) in recent weeks. Have some of the sales begun to show yet?

      • Yesterday I saw a slew of sales turn up, but some of the days still don’t add up. Like one day that I only saw 1 sale, but the chart mentioned about 11 or something. According to the chart, I’m always ‘selling’ over 10 a day, but all month I’ve only seen 1-3 sales in the report until yesterday’s boom.

  2. I’m trying to figure out when you actually get paid for the Kindle Unlimited units? Is this a separate payment from the paid units when you choose EFT? I can’t find a clear answer anywhere in plain English.

    • Kindle Unlimited is a $9.99 per month (in the US) subscription program, where Kindle customers can read unlimited qualifying books. Authors with books enrolled in KDP Select receive KOLL payments for each book that (A) an Amazon Prime customer borrows whether or not the book is read and (B) that a Kindle Unlimited customer borrows and reads to 10%. The KOLL payment varies from one month to another, but it has been around $1.30 to $1.40 in recent months. (Authors get paid their usual royalties for sales.)

  3. The bottom blue line graphs shows lot of sales approximately 1000 last month. But I have not received any payment and when I go on the previous month sales it says it lists them but says they are free promotions.

    • The red graph on the top shows sales. The green graph on the top shows free promotions.

      The blue graph on the bottom doesn’t show sales. It shows the number of pages read in the Kindle Unlimited (and Amazon Prime) programs. If you see 1000 there, that’s 1000 pages read. It typically pays about $0.0051 per page read, which would come out to about $5.

      You don’t get paid until approximately 2 months after the end of the month. So for September, you would get paid around the end of November, and for October’s sales, you would get paid around the end of December.

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