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What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother


Do writers need their own “Taylor Swift” to protect their right to be paid for their labor? (See NPR’s story about Swift, Apple, and right to be paid.)

The latest Amazon plan to pay authors based on pages turned (and presumably read?), makes me wonder if all readers shouldn’t just start turning those pages, whether you read them or not. We can only hope that the Amazon eyes “watching” you turn pages aren’t also able to tell if you have actually read the words. (No, maybe we don’t want to know that.)

“What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?” by Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, June 20, 2015

By the way, Amazon is not the only corporation reading you as you read their products.

I’ve been following these stories on various websites, but hat tip to Library Link of the Day for the link to The Atlantic article.

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