Amazon makes changes to payment of authors

Starting next month, Amazon will now pay its self-publishing authors based on the number of pages read, instead of the number of times their book has been borrowed. The new system is for authors on the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, which lets authors set prices, edit books and decide rights. Amazon said the move was based on author feedback and better aligns payout with the length and popularity of books. Although Amazon has been a sort of hero to independent authors, it's created quite a stir among large publishers. Story