The rate is in! Amazon paid out $25.8 million to KDP Select authors for August 2019.

August 2019 page rate breakdown:

Doing some quick math that comes out to $0.00438 per page read.

The total payout is up by $200,000 from $25.6 million in July 2019.

The rate is what really matters, and it’s down slightly from $0.00439 per page read in July, but July and August rates are close enough to $0.0044 as makes no difference.

Comparing to previous months:

The rate is down from the $0.0046 authors got in from April through June of 2019, and way down from the high of $0.0047 authors got in February of 2019.

So far the highest rate for 2019 had been February at the aforementioned $0.0047, which is interesting since it also had the lowest monthly pot for 2019 at $23.5 million. So the per-page payout is lower as the year goes on despite the total pot going higher, indicating there are more people using Kindle Unlimited.

I suppose that’s good news in the sense that more people using the program means that it’s likely to stick around, but bad in the sense that authors aren’t getting as much for their pages which sucks

Previous rates for 2019:

June:

$24.9 million total payout. Up by $300,000.

$0.00464 page rate. Again down very slightly, another drop of $0.00001, but again it’s such a small amount that they’re basically the same.

May:

$24.6 million total payout. Up by $500,000.

$0.00465 page rate. Down very slightly, by $0.00001, but it’s such a small amount that they’re basically the same.

April:

$24.1 million total payout. $

$0.00466 page rate. Up by $0.00016 to bring us closer to

March:

$24 million total payout. Up by $500,000.

$0.0045 page rate. A big dip of $0.00023 from February.

February:

$23.5 million total payout. Down $900,000 from January.

$0.00473 page rate. A big jump of $0.00031 from January despite the lower total pot.

January:

$24.7 million total payout.

$0.00442 page rate.