Amazon is changing the way it pays authors who use a self-publishing Kindle subscription, or book loan service, and will now pay by the page as opposed to by the loan.
The company said that this will make writers more money, and create a better environment for publishers. The new reward system starts on 1 July.
"We're making this switch in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read," Amazon said in a blog post.
"Under the new payment method, you'll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it.
"Under the new payment method, the amount an author earns will be determined by their share of total pages read instead of their share of total qualified borrows."
Amazon has a formula to work out reads and royalties, and said that a monthly amount will be paid out based on the total number of page reads that month. The announcement has had a mixed response.
Remember everyone who claimed Amazon was benevolent towards authors? http://t.co/xUrQlMQqdu HAHAHAHAHAHA...yeah. Yeah.— Lilith Saintcrow (@lilithsaintcrow) June 20, 2015
"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further." Amazon changes the way they pay KU authors. http://t.co/be7BMvf6LA— Stephen Blackmoore (@sblackmoore) June 20, 2015
The question of royalty payments has been a hot topic this week. US singer Taylor Swift persuaded Apple to change its mind about paying artists during the free three-month trial being offered to people signing up to Apple Music.
"Apple Music will be offering a free three-month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers or artists for those three months," she wrote.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, said in response to Swift's statement that all artists will now be paid during the three-month trial period.
"Apple will always make sure that artists are paid," he said. "Apple Music will pay artists for streaming, even during the free trial period."
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