What’s wrong with Amazon’s rule that writers be paid by readability?
The rules, which are set to come into force tomorrow, will determine royalties for self-published Kindle books according to the number of pages read by Kindle users, rather than the number of books downloaded. If a book isn’t a page-turner and a reader abandons it pretty quickly, say, halfway, the author will get only half the royalty they might have earned.
Those who object say it sets a dangerous precedent.
Which one exactly? That you want value for money? A good read? That a serialized story depends on cliff-hangers, a gripping plot and good writing to be a success?
Hasn’t that always been the case?
The great serial fiction writers of their day – Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Eugene Sue, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville – knew about keeping readers hooked.
They’d probably be fine with Amazon’s move.