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Submission + - History repeats itself: KDP Select is's "Payback for Playback" (

brennanw writes: "Anyone who was active on during the late 90s/early 2000's will find's KDP Select awfully familiar: authors who make their works exclusive to Amazon compete for a pool of money. Any time someone "borrows" one of their books, they get a cut of a monthly sum (700K in January, 600K for February) based on how many of their books were checked out vs. how many other author's books were checked out. This is almost identical to the "Payback for Playback" service provided musicians a little over a decade ago. Payback for Playback effectively destroyed the original artist community, and I don't think KDP Select is going to be much different for the self-publishing community that is growing on Amazon."

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