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    Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Change will apply to payments to Kindle Direct Publishing authors.
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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    1 page, 1 word. let the game begin

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Or thinking about it, make one of those old school adventure books.

    blah blah, turn top page X, then disable everything but manual page scroll option

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Seems to me to be a pretty good idea, for exactly the reasons given in the article.

    Of course, authors gave the option to not use Amazon and to distribute their own work. But unless their name is Grisham, Rowling, etc, and the the fan-base and name recognition that pretty much guarantees sales without marketing .... well, good luck, even if you wrote the great 21st century novel.

    I struggle to think of good objections to the pay/page model, when you're talking about "library" books.

    If Amazon are allocating a fixed "fund" between library authors, I'd be more interested in the size of the fund that the allocation method, providing the latrer is fair. Then again, what do I know, never having "borrowed" a book on Amazon. Probably never will, either.
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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    It is worth noting that encouraging repeat reads doesn't pay - you only get the pay per page the first time a book is read though
    As someone who reads 4+ books at the same time, if I read Book 1 to page 50, then switch to Book 2 (as its a new release of a favourite series), complete it then switch back to Book 1 and finish that too...

    Will the author of book 1 only be paid for the first 50 pages I read?

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmastorm View Post
    Or thinking about it, make one of those old school adventure books.

    blah blah, turn top page X, then disable everything but manual page scroll option
    Even better, Peter Molyneux releases Curiosity in book form. Scan every single page, the first person to find a particular passcode and email/submit it to Molyneux gets a private interview and a whole other list of rewards that will never actually be fulfilled as in Godus.

    That aside, seems like a good idea to me.

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    "If the fund was $10m" why don't they give an actual representative example? How much is the fund?! Makes a pretty massive difference really.

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    At first i was a bit confused. So if i buy a book for full price.. the author only gets paid if i flick through it all? and amazon keeps the difference? Then i realized i don't use or care about an online library system and it should not effect full book sales.

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Quote Originally Posted by superp View Post
    At first i was a bit confused. So if i buy a book for full price.. the author only gets paid if i flick through it all? and amazon keeps the difference? Then i realized i don't use or care about an online library system and it should not effect full book sales.
    That's right. It's just about the lending system, where users are paying Amazon for access (in Prime) to the library, regardless of whether they borrow loads of books, or none at all, but not for individual books. So they may "borrow" a 500-page book, give up after 10 pages and 10 minutes and "return" it, or read all 500 pages. But if you "bought" a book, then the author gets paid whether you read it or not. They're two completely different models.
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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    A Guardian report says that: Amazon set to pay self-published authors as little as $0.006 per page read

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    Re: Amazon to pay e-book authors based on number of pages read

    Well, sort-of. The Guardian has calculated that figure.

    But even so, that system means that writers that submit high quality stuff that people want to read get paid more than those submitting rubbish. The bigger the book the bigger the payment provided those downloading it actually read it. And for 'buyers', the risk is minimal, since if you give a book ten, twenty fifty pages and can't get into it, you can bin it at minimal cost.

    Anyone can write a book (assuming they can read and write at all). I could write a 200 page book in a few days. But I pity anyone sadomasochistic enough to read it. Writing a good 200 page book, that most people would find worth reading, well, that is a lot, LOT harder and, I suspect, most people aren't capable of writing one at all.

    Until the advent of services like Amazon publishing ebooks, most aspiring authors stood little or no chance of getting published at all, and certainly not published in a way with any form of marketing spend behind it, that gave their work any chance of more than trivial sales.
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