Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2019 rises as payout trend stays steady

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2019 rose to $0.0046 from $0.0045 in March while the KDP Select Global fund went up by $100,000 to $24.1 million from $24 million in March.

In the UK market, the KENP rate for April 2019 also showed a small rise to £0.0033 from £0.0032 in March.

It looks to be very similar to the KENP trend for last year. This year’s April fund of $24.1 million was around 13.5% up on the $21.2 million paid out a year ago in April 2018, which seems to indicate that the recent growth rate in fund size has been slowing down.

The total paid out to authors by Kindle Unlimited since it launched is now $936.3 million.

The total paid out for the first four months of 2019 is $96.3 million, which is just under 16% up on the total of $83.1 million during the first third of 2018.

May usually sees a substantial rise in the size of the KDP Select Fund which is not necessarily good news for authors as it means a sizeable increase in pages read which can lead to pressure on the KENP rate paid.

For April 2019, using the calculation of dividing the total KDP Select fund ($24.1 million) by the US KENP rate ($0.0046) to get an idea of the total number of KENPs read during the month results in 5.2 billion KENPs, down marginally from 5.3 billion KENPs in March but still up on 5 billion KENPs in February.

The US KENP payout figures for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are:

2016

January: $0.0041
February: $0.0047 (KENP v2.0 introduced)
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
March: $0.0046
April: $0.0045
May: $0.0043
June: $0.0042
July: $0.0040
August: $0.0041 (KENP v3.0 introduced)
September: $0.0044
October: $0.0045
November: $0.0046
December: $0.0050

2018

January: $0.0044
February: $0.0046
March: $0.0045
April: $0.0045
May: $0.0045
June: $0.0046
July: $0.0045
August: $0.0045
September: $0.0048
October: $0.0048
November: $0.0052
December: $0.0048

2019

January: $0.0044
February: $0.0047
March: $0.0045
April: $0.0046

The monthly KDP Select Global fund totals for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are:

2016

January: $15 million
February: $14 million (KENP v2.0 introduced)
March: $14.9 million
April: $14.9 million
May: $15.3 million
June: $15.4 million
July: $15.5 million
August: $15.8 million
September: $15.9 million
October: $16.2 million
November: $16.3 million
December: $16.8 million

Overall total for 2016: $186 million

2017

January: $17.8 million
February: $16.8 million
March: $17.7 million
April: $17.8 million
May $17.9 million
June $18 million
July: $19 million
August: $19.4 million (KENP v3.0 introduced)
September $19.5 million
October $19.7 million
November: $19.8 million
December: $19.9 million

Overall total for 2017: $222.6 million

Annual increase from 2016-2017: 19.67%

2018

January: $20.9 million
February: $20 million
March: $21 million
April: $21.2 million
May: $22.5 million
June: $22.6 million
July: £23.1 million
August: $23.3 million
September: $23.4 million
October: $23.5 million
November: $23.6 million
December: $23.7 million

Total for 2018: $267.8 million

Annual increase from 2017-2018: 20.35%

2019

January: $24.7 million
February: $23.5 million
March $24 million
April $24.1 million

Total for 2019 so far: $96.3 million

The annual total figures for Kindle Unlimited since it started are:

2014: $31.735 million (Jul-Dec)

2015: $131.6 million

2016: $186 million

2017: $222.6 million

2018: $267.8 million

2019: $72.2 million so far

Grand total overall of $936.3 million


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