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@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.
@Amber Yetter@facebook Though the terms between publishers and Scribd and Oyster have not been made public, we have not heard any Hachette-style howling from any publisher with respect to these services, as we have with Amazon. Also, their arrangements with self-publisher Smashwords, which have been reported, indicate that authors are getting a reasonably fair shake at Oyster and Scribd.
Finally, neither Oyster nor Scribd (nor Netflix, come to that) appear to be attempting to corner whole markets.
@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.
--stop buying peanut butter there! or yoga mats, for pete's sake go to a store.
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@25901162@twitter there's no free one, but you can borrow the ebook from many public libraries.
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@Gef the Talking Mongoose thank you very much! and YES it is kind of like your hands are thinking as you go... I miss that a lot, on a screen.