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Kindle Unlimited

In July, 2014, Amazon launched a new e-book subscription service called Kindle Unlimited:

  • Customers pay $9.99 per month for unlimited reading of participating Kindle e-books.
  • 600,000 Kindle e-books are participating all together.
  • 100,000 published titles include popular series like Harry Potter. Most of the participating publishers are small presses.
  • 500,000 titles are KDP Select books, mostly by indie authors.
  • Author royalties are paid in the form of KDP Select borrows, similar to Amazon Prime, except that any customer can download several Kindle e-books each month.
  • The KDP Global Fund for July, 2014 is $2,000,000. An extra $800,000 was added with the introduction of Kindle Unlimited.
  • Indie authors must agree to publish the e-book edition of their book exclusively with Kindle in order to participate in Kindle Unlimited. (That’s how KDP Select has always worked.)

Articles about Kindle Unlimited and How to Use It to Your Advantage

Click the name of an article below to read the free article on my blog.

Read about KENPC v2.0 (Amazon changes the way that KENPC is calculated, effective February 1, 2016)

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay in October, 2016?

Kindle Unlimited KENP Read up 17%!

Kindle Unlimited Global Fund Stability

Changes to Kindle Unlimited policy beginning July 1

Ideas for Children’s Books in Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited 2.0—Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count

15 Questions & Answers about the new Kindle Unlimited Policy

Myths about the New Kindle Unlimited Policy

What I Love about the New Kindle Unlimited Policy

Kindle Unlimited Math with KENPC

Hugh Howey’s Great Analysis of the new Kindle Unlimited Terms

Are Authors Leaving Kindle Unlimited? (Actual Data)

  • How the payment for borrowed books will change
  • Why the 10% mark will become obsolete

Kindle Unlimited Myths

Kindle Unlimited Trends

Kindle Unlimited Trends—Updated

  • Kindle Unlimited Myths includes data and facts
  • Does Kindle Unlimited encourage shorter books?
  • Does Kindle Unlimited favor authors?

Are Authors Earning More or Less with Kindle Unlimited?

  • Is it better to enroll in KDP Select to benefit from Kindle Unlimited?
  • Is it better to opt out of Select to benefit from other digital markets?
  • Includes a link to the October 2014 Author Earnings Report, which studied the impact of Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited—Good or Bad for Authors?

Is Kindle Unlimited Being Flooded with Short Books? (Researched)

Kindle Unlimited (January, 2015)

  • Gives a clear, thorough introduction to what Kindle Unlimited is.
  • How this program impacts indie authors.
  • Comparison with Amazon Prime.
  • Includes detailed notes.

How Can Kindle Unlimited Improve Your Sales?

  • Marketing strategies to take advantage of Kindle Unlimited.
  • Discussion of how promotional strategies, such as BookBub and freebies, will be affected.
  • Explanation of how it will affect all authors, even those not in the program.
  • How it could improve your sales.
  • How it could hurt your sales.
  • Proactive tips for KDP Select authors.

Kindle Unlimited & Marketing Strategies (for A-L-L Authors)

  • How marketing strategies will change, for books in and out of KDP Select.
  • Marketing opportunities for KDP Select authors.
  • Discusses how series authors will be affected.
  • How promotional pricing will be impacted.
  • How advertising will be affected.

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in July, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in August, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in September, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in October, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in November, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in December, 2014

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in January, 2015

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in February, 2015

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in March and April 2015

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in May, 2015

How Much Kindle Unlimited Paid in June, 2015

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in July, 2015?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in August, 2015?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in September, 2015?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in October, 2015?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in November, 2015? (Broken down by country)

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in December, 2015? (Plus trends since July)

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in January, 2016?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in February, 2016?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in March, 2016?

How Much Did Amazon Pay for Kindle Pages Read in April, 2016?

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay for Pages Read in May, 2016?

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay for Pages Read in June, 2016?

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay in July, 2016?

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay in August, 2016?

What Did Kindle Unlimited Pay in September, 2016?

  • The results are in.

How Much Will Authors Make w/ Kindle Unlimited?

  • A detailed analysis, but doesn’t try to pinpoint a number.
  • Ideas and history to help you form your own opinion.
  • Discussion of possible outcomes.

Prediction for How Much Kindle Unlimited Downloads Will Pay in July, 2014

  • A projection of my data to offer some quantifiable guess.
  • Don’t take it too literally.
  • The detailed analysis is broken down.

KOLL Payments for Kindle Select Borrows from December, 2011 thru June, 2014

  • Includes a graph and table of what KOLL has paid since KDP Select was first introduced.
  • This table may help you with your expectations of what authors will make with Kindle Unlimited.
  • Includes notes about Amazon Prime.
  • Includes notes about Kindle Unlimited.

Marketing Children’s Books with Kindle Unlimited

  • Why Kindle Unlimited is an unbelievable value for parents.
  • An opportunity for children’s authors to market their books to parents.
  • Bedtime stories, reading fluency, and education.

Twitter & Amazon Hashtags for Kindle Unlimited

  • Which hashtags to use for Kindle Unlimited.
  • How to use Twitter to drive Kindle Unlimited sales.
  • Also describes the new AmazonCart hashtag.

Will $5.99 be the New Free?

  • What impact Kindle Unlimited may have on e-book prices.
  • How Kindle Unlimited may affect promotional strategies.
  • How Kindle Unlimited may affect sales rank.
  • Things to look for as Kindle Unlimited continues.

More KDP Select Books on Bestseller Lists

  • How Kindle Unlimited has altered Amazon bestseller lists
  • Which books are benefiting from Kindle Unlimited
  • Which books Kindle Unlimited is hurting

How to Borrow Amazon Prime Books without Using Kindle Unlimited

  • Comparing Amazon Prime to Kindle Unlimited
  • How to borrow books through Amazon Prime

Kindle Unlimited Launches in the UK

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