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How do authors get allocated royalties with Safari Library subscriptions?

With a slot-based subscription it is understandable how the books that people read are identified. The interview with Jon Udell about Safari in 2001 describes this. But how does it work when readers are using an "unlimited access to all books" model of Safari Library?

I'm interested in knowing how my actions, as a reader, support and encourage good authors.
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  • Hi Hoylen,

    Thanks for posting this question. It's nice to know our subscribers support our authors. For unlimited access accounts as well as bookshelf accounts we track page hits to calculate royalties.

    Best regards,

    Diane
    Customer Service
    Safari Books Online
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    That's very interesting.

    I didn't expect royalties on bookshelf accounts to be calculated on page hits. So the approach has changed since the 2001 interview.

    On unlimited access accounts, this is very different from the paper bookstore model. In a paper bookstore, the buyer might flip through several books and discover that some are poor quality and not worth buying, but then end up buying a good book that receives the royalties. With the page view model, poor quality books (but have enticing titles and headings) could get some royalties that the reader doesn't think the content deserves.

    I'm sure you guys thought long and hard about this, and this is the model that works best.

    Thanks for the answer, which I'll keep in mind the next time I'm browsing through books on Safari.
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