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KDP Global Fund Payout

KDP Global Fund Payouts [July 2019 Update]

KDP Global Fund Payout

Every month Amazon announces the size of the previous month’s Kindle Direct Publishing Global Fund. This is the pot of money that authors whose titles are available through Kindle Unlimited get paid out of. In this post, we will be keeping a running list of the fund sizes, so we can see how it’s grown, and (we hope) watch it continue to do so.

If you’d like a more in-depth look into Kindle Unlimited and the KDP Global Fund, you’re welcome to read our analysis of KU Readers, or check out our overview of KU and what it means for authors.

Total KDP Global Fund Size:

  • July 2019: $25.6 million
  • June 2019: $24.9 million
  • May 2019: $24.6 million
  • April 2019: $24.1 million
  • March 2019: $24 million
  • February 2019: $23.5 million
  • January 2019 24.7 million
  • December 2018 23.7 million
  • November 2018 23.6 million
  • October 2018 23.5 million
  • September 2018 23.3 million
  • August 2018 23.3 million
  • July 2018 23.1 million
  • June 2018: 22.6 million
  • May 2018: 22.5 million
  • April 2018: $21.2 million
  • March 2018: $21 million
  • February 2018: $20 million
  • January 2018: $20.1 million
  • December 2017: $19.9 million
  • November 2017: $19.8 million
  • October 2017: $19.7 million
  • September 2017: $19.5 million
  • August 2017: $19.4 million
  • July 2017: $19 million
  • June 2017: $18 million
  • May 2017: $17.9 million
  • April 2017: $17.8 million
  • March 2017: $17.7 million
  • February 2017: : $16.8 million
  • January 2017: : $17.8 million
  • December 2016: $16.8 million
  • November 2016: $16.3 million
  • October 2016: $16.2 million
  • September 2016: $15.9 million
  • August 2016: $15.8 million
  • July 2016: $15.5 million
  • June 2016: $15.4 million
  • May 2016: $15.3 million
  • April 2016: $14.9 million
  • March 2016: $14.9 million
  • February 2016: $14 million
  • January 2016: $15 million
  • December 2015: $13.5 million
  • November 2015: $12.7 million
  • October 2015: $12.4 million
  • September 2015: $12 million
  • August 2015: $11.8 million
  • July 2015: $11.5 million
  • June 2015: $11.3 million
  • May 2015: $10.8 million
  • April 2015: $9.8 million
  • March 2015: $9.3 million
  • February 2015: $8 million
  • January 2015 – $8.5 million
  • December 2014: $7.25 million
  • November 2014: $6.5 million
  • October 2014: $5.5 million
  • September 2014: $5 million
  • August 2014: $4.7 million
  • July 2014: $2.5 million (This is the first month of Kindle Unlimited)

US payout per page:

  • July 2019 $0.004394
  • June 2019: $0.004642
  • May 2019: $0.0046598
  • April 2019:  $0.0046602
  • March 2019: $0.0045124
  • February 2019: $0.0048
  • January 2019: $0.00442265
  • December 2018: $0.0048737
  • November 2018: $0.005206
  • October 2018: $0.0048
  • September 2018: $0.0042
  • August 2018: $0.0045
  • July 2018: $0.0045
  • June 2018: $0.0046
  • May 2018: $0.00454
  • April 2018: $0.0046
  • March 2018: $0.0045
  • February 2018:  $0.0047
  • January 2018: $0.0045
  • December 2017: $0.0051
  • November 2017: $0.0046
  • October 2017: $0.00456
  • September 2017: $0.004425
  • August 2017: $0.00419
  • July 2017: $0.0040
  • June 2017: $0.00422
  • May 2017: $0.0043
  • April 2017: $0.0046
  • March 2017: $0.0046
  • February 2017: $0.00497
  • January 2017: $0.0048
  • December 2016: $0.0052
  • November 2016: $0.0054
  • October 2016: $0.0052
  • September 2016: $0.0050
  • August 2016: $0.0046
  • July 2016: $0.0048
  • June 2016: $0.0049
  • May 2016: $0.0047
  • April 2016: $0.00496
  • March 2016: $0.00478
  • February 2016: $0.00479
  • January 2016: $0.00411
  • December 2015: $0.00461
  • November 2015: $0.00492
  • October 2015: $0.0058
  • September 2015: $0.00507
  • August 2015: $0.00514
  • July 2015: $0.005779

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16 comments on “KDP Global Fund Payouts [July 2019 Update]
  1. Fascinating! The fund has certainly grown, but, of course, so too has the number of pages read and authors it has to support. Is there any way to know how many pages are viewed each month (now that Amazon has switched to a “pay by page read” model)?

    1. Hi Shauna – We get the funding pool and payout data directly from Amazon. We also usually cross-check our data with Nate’s posts on the Digital Reader as he usually provides a monthly update there as well. Thanks for asking!

  2. Amazon has created a monster bulk of freebie book junkies who now expect every book they read to be free (for a mere $9.99 per month). I know of no author who has received a dime in royalties from the Global fund. My books have four and five star review ratings but during the time my books were with KU or KDP Select, lending library or Matchbook, I received zilch. I belong to 25 Facebook book clubs and used to promote my books on them and saw sales. Today, I promote but sell nothing, but when I offer free giveaways, I give out at least 50 books for each free title. That tells me that every avid reader is now reading books free exclusively. None of the major publishers will even consider these free book services. That should tell you something. I have pulled all of my books from all of these free services. I would rather quit as a writer than see all my hard work perfecting my craft go for free. There are better ways to make a living.

    1. I ran a KU experiment early in 2018, putting 10 books into the system for the required 90 days. I averaged 30,000 page reads a month across all ten titles for a net income of $440.

      I didn’t do any advertising, which was a mistake.

      Now I have ONE book in KU. It’s only been there a week but it’s had 5500 page reads and earned $26 from KU. (Twice that from regular royalties.) I am advertising that one with AMS though.

      I run giveaways on my books, but only the for first in any given series.

      I have a facebook author page and twitter, but if I want to promote outside of those I pay for targeted facebook CPC ads.

      I also apply for (and am occasionally accepted for) Bookbub feature deals.

      I’ve been writing and publishing my own novels for 20 years now. I’m a slow learner when it comes to marketing, but I’ve picked up a few things over that time.

  3. Do the payouts per page vary by countries/language? I have several translated books in KU and the payouts are no where near the amount reported.

    1. Hello Tarina! The payouts that we’re reporting are for US payouts only. However, KDP payouts do indeed vary by country. Which marketplace specifically are you looking for? We’re happy to look into it for you.

  4. Please, if I should enroll in kdp select, will I still ask people to get my book review or is it that kdp select will handle everything for me.
    And the second thing is that, when will I get paid..is is monthly ??.

    1. Hi Steven. If you are requesting something like book reviews from your readers through an email, you will need to take care of that yourself. If you do enroll in KDP select, you will indeed get paid monthly. According to Amazon, payment comes “approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which [payment was] earned.”

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