Another model Medium could look at (look at me dragging the gods into this convo) is the way Amazon pays writers in their Kindle Unlimited program. Subscribers pay $9.99 a month, in exchange for reading as many ebooks as they want. Each month Amazon puts about half of the subscription fees they collect into a pool (the March 2017 pool, one month’s take, is over $16 million dollars). Amazon tracks the actual number of pages read by all KU subscribers, then divides the monthly pool of money between them based on actual reads. Some writers get big checks, some get little checks. But I see it as fair to both sides because writers are compensated for the actual reads their writing generates, and Amazon doesn’t have to guess how much revenue any one title is likely to bring in and pay that up front, which is the kind of gambling that made the big traditional publishers always favor the Steven Kings and John Grishams over the great writers nobody ever heard of. When they have an up front investment, they’ll protect it by putting all their eggs in the baskets they’re sure will pay off. Medium is likely to go the same way if they are paying up front for stories. They’ll only pay for what they predict will be popular, which will squeeze out the truly creative and innovative work readers would be thrilled to discover. Medium could avoid that by investing after the fact, and pay for views at the end of the month, once they’ve actually been counted.