Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program Could be Bad for Authors

kuAmazon introduced a new program last year call KU or Kindle Unlimted. It is a subscription service available for readers at a cost of $9.99 per month and offers access to nearly 0ne-million book titles. While it is a service readers enjoy and thousands are enrolled in, it doesn’t appear to be a winner for authors.

Many authors have noted sales dropping significantly since enrolling their books in the program. On a Kindle forum board, several authors have noted a 75% decrease in sales dollars, and a $5000 loss in one month. That’s quit an impact on income. While all authors applaud the Amazon model that helps them reach readers, losses in income of this measure is seeing authors pull their books out of the KU program in droves. It is also keeping new authors that once might have considered enrolling their books out of the program.

NYT David Streitfeld, noted: Amazon, [though], may be willing to forgo some income in the short term to create a service that draws readers in and encourages them to buy other items. The books, in that sense, are loss leaders, although the writers take the loss, not Amazon.”

Other authors are opting to write shorter works, serialize their works and co-author to help offset the decrease in income. There has even been talk of unionizing authors on Amazon.

It is uncertain whether the program will survive the withdrawal of so many authors, or if writing formats will simply change to adjust. What is certain, is that authors will not continue to write if they cannot making a living wage.

 

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,029FansLike
3,238FollowersFollow
10,100SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertisment

Don't Miss

Anchor Launches a Line of Hardcover Books

0
Anchor Books will begin publishing hardcovers, announced Suzanne Herz, Publisher of Vintage Books and Anchor Books and EVP of Doubleday. The new venture will complement the...

SNEAK PEEK: SECRET SKY! A Supernatural Thriller Author J.P. Mclean

0
SECRET SKY! A Supernatural Thriller Author J.P. Mclean ...................Everybody wishes they could fly – until it happens. Emelynn Taylor's gift didn't come wrapped in pretty paper...

SNEAK PEEK: FINN-AGLED by Kristine Raymond

0
FINN-AGLED by Kristine Raymond A secret message hidden inside of an antique wooden box, an unidentified dead body, and a mother determined to marry her...

“Black Like We Never Left”– a Read-a-Thon Celebrating Black Literature

0
Next Monday, Martin Luther King., Jr. Day, bookstagrammer @creemyles , @penguinrandomhouse, and @belletrist will kick off Black Like We Never Left, a week-long virtual read-a-thon celebrating Black fiction. This...

SNEAK PEEK: WEST OF IRELAND BY C.P. HOFF

0
WEST OF IRELAND BY C.P. HOFF The Picaresque Narratives Downton Abbey for the undiscriminating reader! As a newlywed, Mrs. O'Brien makes a vow to her older sister-in-law,...

Spinster Kang by Zoe S. Roy Sneak Peek

0
A sneak peek of The Spinster Kang by Zoe S. Roy! Blurb: Thirty-two-year-old Kang is a new immigrant in Toronto. Having an older sister who was...

Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by Dr. Ilene B Benator

0
In the same vein as Robin Cook and Michael Palmer, Dr. Ilene B. Benator crafts a terrifying medical thriller that is sure to excite...

Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy by Gary Green Book Trailer

0
Rebecca Pendragon by Gary Green starts with Rebecca as a young girl and follows her through womanhood. It's a fantasy adventure and we have...

Podcasting Made Simple by Daniel Larson

0
Podcasting Made Simple: The Step by Step Guide on How to Start a Successful Podcast from the Ground up by Daniel Larson is an...

Last Call for the Living by Peter Ferris – Throwback Thursday

0
Last Call for the Living by Peter Ferris was released in 2012. It's still available today and still just as good! For bank teller Charlie...