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  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 11:49am

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    //at which point they will tighten up and exert more control

    Where Amazon MIGHT be.

    Where the Big 5 ALREADY HAVE BEEN FOR DECADES.

    In your case above, Amazon is the robust competition. Someone else will come along, but it'll be an innovator who beats them.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 11:47am

    Re: Hypocrisy, thy name is TechDirt

    Piracy hasn't hurt book sales. Those facts speak for themselves. What hurts Big 5 authors far more directly are the tiny percentages they receive from their publishers.

    In the battle of litigation (Big 5) vs. innovation (Apple, Amazon, Google), the latter is going to win the war. The old ways are over. Embrace or die. I'm guessing the Big 5 executives realize this, which is why they're trying to steal as much from their authors as they can before they go under.