Originally Posted by frahse
There is of course no way to actually know exactly what is lost by people giving copies of the digital work away because there is no way to actually know the numbers and of course some people that get a free copy may never have read it otherwise, but don't you think it is rather stressful for an author to constantly hear conversations about how, say, Amazon is so much worse than other sellers because they make it more difficult to do this thing.
Amazon's competence seems to be preying on your mind and of course then your mindset preys on my mind.
The point you seem to be missing is that IF Amazon's "competence" were
to be 100% effective and you had an exclusive contract, it would be
imposable for me, or anyone not a Kindle (including the apps) user to buy
or read your ebooks.
Hmm... If an ebook given to a friend or relative were never opened by that
friend or relative, would that be a lost sale? (If it were a physical book it
might.) What if you gave a copy of the file to someone and then never
read your copy? or deleted your copy?