I am emphasizing the self-service nature of these platforms because it’s important for a reason I think is somewhat non-obvious: even well-meaning gatekeepers slow innovation. When a platform is self-service, even the improbable ideas can get tried, because there’s no expert gatekeeper ready to say “that will never work!” And guess what – many of those improbable ideas do work, and society is the beneficiary of that diversity.
Most companies try to be innovative, but the enemy of innovation is the mandate to „prove it.“ You cannot prove a new idea in advance by inductive or deductive reasoning.
Da fügt es sich nur zu gut ins Bild, dass die Amazon-Tochter Audible aktuell „self-service“ für Hörbuch-Autoren erprobt und somit die Wertschöpfungskette weiter abdeckt: Amazon-owned Audible: Hey authors, want $20 million?
The Amazon-owned digital audiobooks site Audible.com is launching a new program, “Audible Author Services,” that pays audiobook authors $1 per sale through Audible.com, Audible.co.uk, and iTunes, out of a $20 million fund. The audiobook publishers do not receive any of the funds. To sign up, authors must make their titles available as audiobooks through Audible.com.