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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model


Re: In a way I get it...

PKD was in-demand, meaning that even today he would still have a publisher (even if it was a collective rather than one of the majors) in order to sell his stories for a better price. This doesn't affect publisher contracts at all, only if you let Amazon be your publisher.

Not to mention that the practice of paying by word was long-standard practice by his day (do you really think it's any coincidence that Dickens' novels are so long?), and he wasn't particularly well compensated in his day relative to his impact on culture, at least until the movie royalties rolled in. The nature of the game has always meant weighing artistry with selling out.

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