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Great great great piece. Thank you.
@Donna Michele Fernstrom@facebook lol. Several (NOT all) commenters here have astutely noted that as the author of this post I am in fact an author. It would be pretty remarkable, therefore, if I were against authors getting paid.
Traditional publishers take a larger cut of e-book proceeds than does Amazon-as-publisher. But in exchange, they offer authors and readers services they need. I leave you to consider how many authors, given the choice between self-publishing through Amazon or taking a conventional deal at FS&G, will take the former.
Compensating authors for e-books distributed through libraries: as I mentioned above, both Scribd and Oyster have made acceptable deals with the Big Five (acceptable to the Big Five, I mean) that result in author compensation for those books. It's Amazon's greed and its insatiable monopolistic ambitions that have created the situation I'm so angry about. Everyone who cares about literary culture should avoid doing any business there ever.
@William Reichard@facebook That's not the point of what's being said. The shocking thing about Amazon's conduct as a publisher (and retailer, and reviewer) of books is their imperial ignorance of (and total unconcern with) why one book might be worth more than another, or why anyone would care to read one.
As for monopolistic practices, the writing is on the wall there, too. Lots of it. But for one example: self-published authors aren't permitted to participate in the Kindle Unlimited program on Amazon unless they agree to give Amazon exclusive publishing rights.
Maybe it's the utter fragility of the painted, hurtling, sweating flesh in it against the hellscape and explosions and pole-dangling and spikes... every frame looks unsurvivable.
@Amber: authors are paid through Scribd and Oyster at rates negotiated with each publisher. The terms of those deals have not been made public, but we have heard no Hachette-style howls of mutiny, as with Amazon. The (very reasonable) terms agreed between Scribd and Oyster with the self-publisher Smashwords have been reported. So far it appears that authors and publishers are being treated relatively fairly at Scribd and Oyster.
Finally, neither Scribd nor Oyster (nor Netflix, come to that) appear to be attempting to acquire monopoly control of their respective industries.
@Russell Miller@facebook you are absolutely CORRECT about the need for copyright reform, for sound recordings and everything else. However, the Librivox audiobooks referred to above are all donated by volunteers, and all in the public domain.
@Zh the links are on the Powell's website, and my Kobo page at this very instant reads: "Welcome, Powell's Books Customers". The point in any case is that there are other places, not Amazon, where you can buy eBooks. B&N, Kobo, whatever.
@Zh the nonparticipation of the Big Five publishing houses in Kindle Unlimited was very widely reported.
@Zh Powell's is affiliated with Kobo; your Kobo purchases pass through the Powell's site (or other affiliate); you can read Kobo books on Kindle using their Android app.
@carpetblogger that is not true. You can buy e-books at Powell's and a lot of other places that are not Amazon.