But think about this example: somebody sat down and wrote a book recently on his computer; he sent it into a major e-publishing company and offered it for sale. Meanwhile, I participated in an affiliate program with that same company which provided me with fully taxable revenue in exchange for link placement on my site; the resulting revenue stream allowed me to purchase that book mentioned in the previous sentence, and have it downloaded to one of my four e-book readers for later perusal. A perfectly normal bit of commerce… until you remember that you couldn’t actually do this six years ago. There was the Amazon affiliate program, but the Kindle didn’t launch until 2007 and the e-publishing thing didn’t start getting legs until about 2010 or so (which, not even close to coincidentally, is when you started seeing real alternatives to the Kindle*).
Welcome to the future. And remember: flying cars means flying drunk drivers.
*Amazing how efficiently and usefully that entire “market forces” thing seems to work, huh?