Kindle Unlimited KENP rate bounces back in February

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate paid to authors for February 2017 bounced back to $0.0049 after falling to $0.0047 in January.

The stronger result came despite the KDP Select Global fund dropping by $1 million to $16.8 million from January’s record high of $17.8 million.

Some other KENP rates for February 2017 in various Kindle markets were:

  • UK: £0.0037 (up from £0.0035 in January )
  • Germany: €0.0034 (the same level as in December last year)
  • Japan: ¥0.518 (around $0.0045 equivalent)

February, of course, is a difficult month to spot trends as it’s about 6%-10% shorter than the other months and often experiences a bit of a slump.

It was in February 2016 that Amazon introduced its KENP v2.0 ‘recount’ system when it basically recalculated how many words make up a KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Page).

The KENP figure for February 2016 was $0.0047 and it’s stayed relatively steady since then, with the low point being $0.0045 in August and the high point a run of $0.0052, $0.0053 and $0.0052 in October, November and December respectively.

2016

  • February: $0.0047
  • March: $0.0047
  • April: $0.0048
  • May: $0.0046
  • June: $0.0049
  • July: $0.0048
  • August: $0.0045
  • September: $0.0049
  • October: $0.0052
  • November: $0.0053
  • December: $0.0052

2017

  • January: $0.0047
  • February: $0.0049

Using my usual back-of-the-envelope calculations for the possible number of KENPs read during the month (by dividing the KDP fund total by the KENP rate) gives a total of around 2.91 billion KENPs for February 2017, which is down on 2.98 billion KENPs in February 2016 and 3.78 billion in January 2017.

January 2017 Kindle Unlimited KENP rate falls by 9% despite KDP fund hitting new high

Kindle Unlimited paid out $186 million in 2016, a 40% rise on 2015, as December KENP rate stays steady

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