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Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« on: July 22, 2016, 08:58:02 AM »
Go into your payments tab on KDP and click where it shows the dates for your US payment for May (May 01 - May 31 2016). On my account, the amount is much higher than expected by my spreadsheet, and my spreadsheet is usually dead-on accurate.

On mine, there is a new line that says "adjustments", and says "Multi-month KU/KOLL Adjustment", and it's a not-insubstantial positive number.

Never seen this before.

Excuse me while I fire up the margarita maker and throw a little pool party over here. Amazon just made my whole morning.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2016, 09:07:28 AM »
I saw that on mine too (though in my case, it was fairly insubstantial as my payment was too LOL), and wondered what the heck that was. 

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2016, 09:16:04 AM »
Curious, I wonder if this adjustment has to do with a correction from the number of spam books removed earlier? In any case, thanks for pointing this out!

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2016, 10:25:56 AM »
Interesting I received a small adjustment as well. I'm assuming it was a slight bump in page read pay after they held back payments from some of the baddies.

Way to go Amazon!

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2016, 10:28:20 AM »
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 11:44:26 AM »
I just checked, and saw there are no adjustments on my account. But the explanation when you click on "What is this?" says it's payment adjustments for overpayment or underpayment of past royalties. It says it may be because of refunds or tech issues from banks.

Doesn't say it's because of the scammers, but it could be used for that if needed be.


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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2016, 11:58:14 AM »
I just checked, and saw there are no adjustments on my account. But the explanation when you click on "What is this?" says it's payment adjustments for overpayment or underpayment of past royalties. It says it may be because of refunds or tech issues from banks.

Doesn't say it's because of the scammers, but it could be used for that if needed be.

Again, it says 0 in the adjustments column when you hit Payments...

You have to actually click on the date of the US payment (or another Ku country) in order to see the adjustment.

So, go into KDP, go to your "payments" tab. Now you'll have a dropdown showing all the payments. Click on the orange date for the US payment. That brings up a new dropdown of data from US, including an "adjustments" row that will have money in it.

Are you saying you're not seeing any adjustment there? Everyone I've talked to is showing one...

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2016, 12:16:44 PM »
Well, that's fun. I can take myself out for a pretty nice lunch with that bit.  ;)
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 12:16:55 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out - its quite a significant bump for me and I hadn't even looked at it.

Strange that its hidden away like that.


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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2016, 12:43:17 PM »
Hmm. Interesting. Didn't even know I could drill down to the KU vs. Sales split on the dash. Appreciate the tip.

For those who have an adjustment, what % are you looking at? My adjustment is around 25% of the original KU/KOLL royalties amount - which is a pretty large bump, at least on a % basis. Any idea what it's from?

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2016, 01:25:21 PM »
Interesting.  I made another $10!   :)

I would love confirmation of what this is and wish Amazon would explain it a little better.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2016, 01:31:35 PM »
Three whole cents! I'm gonna go buy myself a...uh...hmm.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2016, 01:39:59 PM »
Mine was 48% of my current KU payment. In my case, not a lot of money. The UK adjustment was 8.6%.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2016, 02:04:17 PM »
Mine is 2%. I had 4 novellas in KU in May..? (something like that). Wonder what it all means. Oh Amazon. You had me at hello.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2016, 02:27:54 PM »
Nice!

And I feel like such a nob for not even knowing that pull down menu was there.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2016, 02:29:13 PM »
I assume the adjustment is to do with the large number of scam books removed in May and is a re-distribution of the modified pages read for the month.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2016, 02:35:51 PM »
I assume the adjustment is to do with the large number of scam books removed in May and is a re-distribution of the modified pages read for the month.

I doubt it.

This is probably Amazon paying us for previously unreported or misreported pages read on our own catalog.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2016, 02:38:28 PM »
I doubt it.

This is probably Amazon paying us for previously unreported or misreported pages read on our own catalog.
Seems much more likely.
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2016, 02:49:12 PM »
My multi-month adjustment was 1 penny. Ha! :P ;D
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2016, 03:40:04 PM »
Since it very specifically says "multi-month", I'm going to go out on a limb and speculate that it's not just one month being adjusted. So looking at the % of just May is rather random. We have no idea how many multi's it goes back.
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2016, 03:40:36 PM »
I doubt it.
This is probably Amazon paying us for previously unreported or misreported pages read on our own catalog.

Umm... ok. Then why isn't there a similar adjustment every month? Why only the month that saw a large number of scam books removed? Many of whom were racking in millions of pages read and also claiming All Star bonuses.
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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2016, 03:44:25 PM »
I got an extra 4$ :D

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2016, 04:59:25 PM »
My next Starbucks latte is going to be a triple...thanks for the extra shots Amazon  :-*

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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2016, 05:28:19 PM »
I had them for the US, UK, Canada, and India and in two of those markets had no sales in May so it was just the adjustment.  Hey, more money, I'll take it.  But makes you wonder...


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Re: Kindle Unlimited "multi-month" adjustment?
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2016, 05:30:16 PM »
Umm... ok. Then why isn't there a similar adjustment every month? Why only the month that saw a large number of scam books removed? Many of whom were racking in millions of pages read and also claiming All Star bonuses.

This is the first time we've seen this adjustment. It's probably due to Amazon doing some internal accounting and realizing they flubbed up. Want easy proof it's not some weird scam-money-redistribution? Take your total amount of pages read in may, then divide that by your total monetary adjustment for US dollars. Compare the resulting number with others.

If it were a flat disbursement based on merit (divvied out based on pages read), everyone would have the same $$$ per page read (with high earners making thousands and low earners making peanuts).

You only need two points of data to prove that isn't what is going on, and I've already gathered those two points.

Everyone has a varied amount of money earned as a relationship to total pages read. Hence, this is fixing an accounting flaw, not gifting you money from former scammers.

Edit: ignore this, I was wrong!
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