Amazon Pays Writers to Keep Readers' Attention

How will writing and reading change when readers buy books one page at a time?

The sharing economy.

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Books were the original "sharing economy"; Ben Franklin founded the first American lending library before there was even a United States to found it in. But Amazon has brought this into the 21st century with Kindle Unlimited, a service that lets you borrow and read a certain number of books at a time. Authors who participate in the program are paid out of the pool of subscription funds (about $3 million last month) according to how popular their books are.

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