KENPC v2.0 Amazon KDP Changes Normalized Page Counts (February 1, 2016)

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KENPC v2.0 February 1, 2016

Amazon KDP changed how it determines the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC).

This affects Kindle e-books enrolled in KDP Select, which can be borrowed via Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime.

KDP Select books borrowed through Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime pay by the page read, where a Kindle Edition Normalized Page (KENP) is determined based on the book’s KENPC.

(This has no impact on royalties earned through sales, just borrows.)

On February 1, 2016, the method that Amazon uses to compute the KENPC changed.

The new value of KENPC is called KENPC v2.0.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf and click the Promote and Advertise button next to a title to see what its new KENPC is.

According to Amazon, on average the KENPC has changed by 5% or less.

I checked several of my books, which had KENPC’s ranging from 170 to 2039, and the KENPC v2.0 was nearly identical to the original KENPC.

So my books were virtually unaffected by this. I’m curious about your experience with the KENPC change. Is it significant?

One notable change reported by Amazon is that books with a KENPC exceeding 3000 will now be capped at 3000. (When a customer reads 100% of those extremely long books, the author actually earns more from a single book read than the monthly subscription cost.) This only affects a few books, like encyclopedias (which could be broken down into smaller pieces…).

If you want to read the KDP help page describing KENPC v2.0, you can find it here:

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39 comments on “KENPC v2.0 Amazon KDP Changes Normalized Page Counts (February 1, 2016)

  1. For my boxed set of 3 full-length novels the KENPC went from about 1900 to about 1500, a reduction of about 20%. Nevertheless the payout for a full read will remain above the 70% royalty for a sale at $8.00.

    • Thank you. It’s taking longer than I had anticipated to perfect my Kindle Formatting Magic book; I hope to have it perfected and ready to go by early spring (and will post info on my blog as I get closer).

    • I am seeing many authors reporting drops. I have several books, but they are about the same, and a few authors are reporting increases. But overall, it seems like drops are more common.

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  3. I was killed. I have 5 books published, none of them were padded with extra spaces, returns or ‘fluff’. I didn’t even have any ‘bonus’ material at the end. I lost 624 pages over the 5 books, or roughly 24%. I’m sick over this. I uploaded in 12 point Times New Roman from a MOBI file. I’ve got calls/email into KDP-S to see why the huge change on mine. They gave me the standard “we’re looking into it.”

    • Wow. That’s a huge drop. I hope it turns out to be a mistake that gets corrected (I have heard of a couple of apparent mistakes, like a drop way down to 2 pages), but having heard of a few other drops above 20%, it could just be what it is. I’m curious where this puts your words per page.

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  5. Thanks for being such a great resource on KU. (It’s bizarre that I can’t get basic info like the payout per KENP page from Amazon.) My book dropped from 486 to 433, which is 11%. At the March payout rate you reported, I guess I’ll get 2.07 per read, which is almost exactly the $2.04 royalty I earn at $2.99 (which is what Amazon REALLY, REALLY seems to think everything should cost). So while I can gripe about the drop, I can’t really gripe about it not being fair/accurate.

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