All my full-length eBooks are published on several sites, but a few of my short stories are enrolled in the Kindle Direct Program (KDP). This time around, I decided to enroll my full-length adult Christmas romance Twistmas – The Season for Love in the program. The reason is simple: I want to see what it can do in the program.
Once enrolled in KDP, the book becomes available in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL).
From the Amazon page: “Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service currently available to customers in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Spain, Brazil, France, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and India. With Kindle Unlimited, customers can read as many books as they like and keep them as long as they want for a monthly subscription fee.”
From the Amazon page: “Kindle owners with Amazon Prime memberships can choose from thousands of books to read for free once a month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). KOLL is available for readers on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.co.jp.”
NOTE: Strange, but KOLL doesn’t serve Canada.
NOTE: Your eBook cannot be enrolled in KDP if it is sold anywhere else on the Internet such as Smashwords, iTunes or from your website.
Readers with KU and KOLL can read as many books as they want with their subscription, so many authors point out that their book can be read for free. It’s not really free because readers are paying a subscription, but they’re not paying by the book. But if a book is enrolled in KDP, it is definitely to the advantage of the author to point this out to perspective readers.
Earlier this year Kindle changed the way they pay authors for books borrowed. Instead of paying per book, they started paying per page read (or in this context, per page viewed because Kindle doesn’t have the technology to detect if you’ve actually read the page or not…well, they don’t have it yet).
You can learn more about the hysteria this caused on David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital blog with his post The Great Amazon Hysteria…Part 31.
I didn’t get hysterical or worried. I got curious to see how it would work. Would authors benefit from it or not? I think the answer is yes; some authors would benefit while others wouldn’t. It all depended on if their stories engaged readers, making them wanting to keep turning the pages.
Anyways, from this change, a new graph appeared on our sales reports. It’s quite simple. When someone in KU or KOLL burrows the book and turns a page, Kindle counts it and graphs it.
Page View Reports can be generated for a specific title and a specific time frame. The graph below was generated from November 25, 2015 (date published) to December 2, 2015 (8:00 pm) for Twistmas – The Season for Love.
Here are the numbers of pages viewed, or as Kindle calls them Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP).
- November 27th: 8 pages
- December 1st: 104 pages
- December 2nd: 119 pages
I’m new too all this, so it will be interesting to see where the numbers go from here. I’ve read that romance novels do well in KU and KOLL. If I remember, I’ll write another post with the page counts for the entire month of December. Since this is a Christmas novel, I don’t expect a lot of reads between January and November.
Do you have your book in KDP? What do you think about counting pages instead of books? Do you notice a lot of page reads in the graph? Do you tell everyone you know that if they are in KU or KOLL that they can download your book for free?
ANNOUNCEMENT: I scheduled Twistmas – The Season for Love in a Goodreads Giveaway. It starts Monday December 7th. More information on that soon.