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Submission + - History repeats itself: KDP Select is Amazon.com's "Payback for Playback" (eviscerati.org)

brennanw writes: "Anyone who was active on mp3.com during the late 90s/early 2000's will find Amazon.com'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 MP3.com provided musicians a little over a decade ago. Payback for Playback effectively destroyed the original MP3.com 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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Submission + - Certifiably Insane (eviscerati.net)

brennanw writes: What happens when a guy who barely knows how to keep his website running finds out about Firesheep? After a mild panic attack, he tries to purchase a certificate and enable SSL. It sounds like the setup to a Youtube sit-com, and now that I'm writing this summary I wish I'd made the actual article funnier.

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