This Week in Publishing: Kindle Unlimited, Reading Myths, and S&S Hotel Partnership

Kindle Unlimited Pays Authors
Back in June, Amazon announced a change in the way Kindle Unlimited authors would be paid. Beginning in July, Amazon switched from a “qualified borrows” royalty payment system to a “pay-per-page” model, which caused extensive discussions on whether the change was fair to authors.

Last weekend, the numbers were rolled out, and Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader broke down some of the numbers and explained how the payment systems work for Kindle Unlimited. The payout per page ends up being about half a cent, which may not seem like a whole lot, but it has the potential to add up. It will be interesting to see how the numbers change in the coming months.

Breaking Reading Myths
How many times have you heard the term “girl/boy book”? Does that sit well with you, or do you find yourself upset that that kind of differentiation in literature even exists?

Pernille Ripp wrote a blog post over at Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension that outlines some of the “reading myths” that we perpetuate, especially in the classroom, but also as a society as a whole. Whether it be the idea of “low or high” readers, or the “fact” that the older children get, the less likely they are to read, these myths can harm the reading appetites of youth.

Simon & Schuster Offer eBooks to Hotel Guests
Starting today, Simon & Schuster and Hotels.com have partnered to provide guests a rotation of seven eBooks that they can download after booking a reservation. The two companies have joined the trend of partnerships that promote reading while traveling.

“Business and pleasure travelers spend a great deal of time reading on the road and are an ideal audience with whom to share great new books,” said Liz Perl, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Simon & Schuster. “We are excited to join together with Hotels.com to help their vast customer base ‎discover their next great read.”

Even though the selection of books provided through these partnerships is small, it is undoubtedly a great tool for promotion, and fulfills a need that travelers often run into.

(Featured Image source: TerribleMinds.com)

Allison Bucknell
On any given day, you’ll find Allison with a book in her hand and a crossword puzzle in progress. Currently a student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program, she is pursuing a career in the editorial field, and has a strong interest in creative non-fiction.

About Allison Bucknell

On any given day, you’ll find Allison with a book in her hand and a crossword puzzle in progress. Currently a student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program, she is pursuing a career in the editorial field, and has a strong interest in creative non-fiction.

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