Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May 2018 stays at $0.0045 for third month in a row

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May 2018 stayed at the same level of $0.0045 for the third consecutive month while the KDP Select Global fund showed a surprisingly strong 6% rise to $22.5 million from $21.2 million in April.

The KENP rate has been very stable so far this year, only varying slightly with $0.0044 in January and $0.0046 in February

The KENP rate for the UK market for May 2018 was also the same as for April at £0.0035.

The size of the KDP Select fund for May this year was a whopping 25% up on the $17.9 million paid out in May 2017.

For May 2018, using the calculation of dividing the total KDP Select fund ($22.5 million) by the US KENP rate ($0.0045) to get an idea of the total number of KENPs read results in exactly 5 billion, up by 6% from April’s 4.7 billion, matching the percentage increase in the KDP fund.

Previous monthly figures include 4.66 billion in March, 4.54 billion in February, 4.75 billion KENPs in January, 4.42 billion in December 2017 and 4.3 billion in November, so you can see there is a steadily rising trend in pages read with the usual seasonal boost in January.

The total paid out by the KDP Select Global fund for the first five months of this year now totals $104.6 million. At the same time in 2017 the total for the fund for that year was $88 million, so the year-on-year increase for the first five months has risen to nearly 19% from 17% in April.

If that 19% rise holds out over the rest of the year it would mean an overall fund payout of more than $265 million for the whole of 2018.


The US KENP payout figures for 2016, 2017 and 2018 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

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


2018

  • January: $20.9 million
  • February: $20 million
  • March: $21 million
  • April: $21.2 million
  • May: $22.5 million

Total so far for 2018: $104.6 million


The annual total figures for KU since it started are:

2014: $31.735 million (Jul-Dec)

2015: $131.6 million

2016: $186 million

2017: $222.6 million

2018 (so far): $104.6 million

Grand total of $677.535 million


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