While Hyde may have a fair point, he might not have read the fine print.
In the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing agreement, the company clearly states that there is a delivery charge for files. It depends on the country, but in the U.S., it’s $0.15 per megabyte — and other countries are comparable. At 18.1 megabytes, the delivery charges on Hyde’s book add up.
For frame of reference, Haruki Murakami’s 900-page behemoth 1Q84 (Random House) has several images (though certainly not as many as Hyde’s book) and clocks in at only 3 megabytes.
I find it rather shocking that no one seems to find it relevant the Bezos has a rep for contributions to rightwing causes.
How much do authors of physical books make? I bet it's nowhere near 50% of the sticker price. And how many more books do they sell being on Amazon, versus being on their own website or some scrappy startup?
Who's going to be able to afford to spend 10 years of their life researching an award-winning, rich history or biography, only to earn pennies for it on Amazon?
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