Brave New Publishing—Amazon Testing Paying Authors by the Page

Many Amazon KDP authors have been following the “more and shorter stories” model for years now, and this will only amplify that trend. Many readers only read the first pages of works that don’t ‘hook’ them’, so from the authors’ perspective, quantity would be better, because it increases the odds of getting pages read, and with ‘pay-per-page’, this would increase income. Now you could write something horrid, and if a million people or more read the first few pages… $ 3:) 😛 This may further endanger long-form novels on KDP, which could also mean a greater percentage of long-form works going to outside (of Amazon) publishers.

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We live in a really strange time and technology has altered the publishing landscape into something we could never have imagined in 1999. The changes have been nothing short of science fiction. Well, buckle your seat belts because it is about to happen again. Just about the time we kind of get the knack of things, it seems there is yet another upheaval and we have to adapt.

This is why I wrote my social media branding book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World.  My methods keep us from having to tear down and start over every time something in the tech world goes topsy-turvy and we can maintain brand momentum no matter what. But this time it isn’t social media throwing the curve ball.

It is Amazon.

I’ve worked hard to be balanced in all my opinions…

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  1. You make a good point there… longer book forms may suffer- but atleast they will get paid for the first few pages. 😉
    I’ve been wondering if the trend is leaning more toward shorter works anyhow in this fast paced enviroment we live in.

    • I suspect this will drive long-form works and their authors towards traditional publishers, as Amazon KDP authors shift to the “quantity” model….

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