Amazon rolls out Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC)

J.M. Aucoin . Self-Publishing, Writing about writing 6021 3 Comments

Indie authors like myself woke up to a fun new feature on Kindle Direct Publishing — a new chart that tracks pages read via Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC).

Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP)

So now we can obsess over pages read on borrows on top of units sold and book ranking.

Amazon, you’re like heroin to my stat addiction.

All this is part of Kindle’s new royalty change for books borrowed via Kindle Unlimited and Prime. Here’s more about KENPC from Amazon:

We calculate KENPC based on standard settings (e.g. font, line height, line spacing, etc.), and we use KENPC to measure the number of pages customers read in your book, starting with the Start Reading Location (SRL) to the end of your book. Amazon typically sets SRL at chapter 1 so readers can start reading the core content of your book as soon as they open it.

This standardized approach allows us to identify pages in a way that works across genres and devices. Non-text elements within books including images, charts and graphs will count toward a book’s KENPC.

A lot of misinformation has been passed around about the program; I try to clear things up in a previous blog post.

7/2 UPDATE: New blog post on how much Kindle Select authors will earn per page read via Unlimited or Prime.

J.M. Aucoin

Author. Fencer. Sometimes actor. Full-time nerd. I write swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

Comments (3)

  • Ben Myatt

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    I know exactly what you mean. I swear I’m going to get carpal tunnels pressing refresh on my stats page.

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  • K J Gillenwater

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    I just recently received a 1-page read from KENP. LOL, right? But, weirdly enough, this 1-page read moved my book up in the rankings on Amazon. I am curious how much KENP reads affect your rankings. And if someone reads more than 1 page, are you moved up more? Or does it not matter? Does 1 page count as much as your 25+ pages read when it comes to moving your book up the charts? If I only have to get a bunch of 1-page reads out of Prime subscribers in order to make a huge leap up the charts, I might just start asking people to do that for me. Why not? Curious what you might have to say about this part of the KENP program as it relates to ranking.

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    • J.M. Aucoin

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      Hmmm… interesting. I haven’t noticed a bump in ranking because of KENP read. I wonder if other people just fell below you in the ranking list (or you made a sale).

      I’ll keep an eye out and see if anyone else is seeing similar. I’m personally not, but maybe Amazon is experimenting with things on the DL.

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