Let me begin with an opening disclaimer: Amazon does an excellent job with its platforms for independent authors. I’ve chosen to use Amazon as a platform for distributing my own novels, so far be it from me to say they do a bad job. I love how I get to keep the rights to my work, and my creations are distributed, promoted, and expanded upon at my own discretion. Everything is on my timetable, and while there are certain disadvantages – most notably, a lack of extra eyes to examine and edit a manuscript to eliminate easily overlooked errors – I’ve found that I genuinely love controlling my own destiny.
You might not be aware of this, but you’re reading this article on the internet. Okay, you probably knew that; what you didn’t know is that the very nature of the internet is under attack. The reason you can load my webpage as fast as you can load Amazon or Google is because of a legal and regulatory concept called “Net Neutrality.” The idea is that the Federal Communications Commission, which governs telecommunications devices such as radio, TV broadcasts, and phone networks, required all internet service providers to treat data flowing through their cables equally, regardless of the source. Verizon, among other companies (especially Comcast), has led the charge on eliminating this rule; Comcast and Verizon have already used shady pretexts of “peering” to coerce Netflix into paying them what amounts to a tithe so that their data can reach consumers at reasonable speeds.