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    Can anybody briefly summarize the article for those of us w/o WSJ subscriptions? :)

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      The key take away from the WSJ article is this:

      “It is an inherently conflicted structure, in which the most powerful retailer has a competing incentive to favor books it publishes and those from authors using its self-publishing technology.”

      Though I’d argue that a more radical step towards accomplishing total control was when they acquired the .book TLD from ICANN [1] a few years ago.

      [1] https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/64762-amazon-book-and-the-new-top-level-domain-names.html