And as he notes, in this case DRM does nothing but shore up Amazon's budding Kindle monopoly the same way DRM in digital music only shored up Apple's iTunes monopoly.
This from the comment thread I agree with 100%:
I really dislike Amazon -- not least because they've delisted my books three different times now. I don't think they care about the quality of the fiction they sell; what they care about is making money as a retailer, same as WalMart. Fact is, the books are a commodity sourced from a variety of competitive sole traders; if they can force down supplier wages and get the product cheaper, they'll do exactly that (and not lose any sleep over it). And because being a writer is something many people dream about, there are a lot of souls out there who will do it for free if they have to.I reckon once Amazon break the Big Six, they'll be in a position to make the authors an offer they can't refuse -- Amazon's terms, or the road. And the terms will be a lot less favourable than the current 70% of net that everybody is mesmerized by.
Amazon doesn't give two squirts of piss about anything but their profit margin. If they think they can make money dominating publishing and screwing authors, that's what they'll do. Why would they treat writers any better than warehouse workers?
They're the Wal*Mart of the internet- profit above all.