Originally Posted by Kali Yuga
The question is how many of those titles were sold as ebooks and in significant amounts.
Are you suggesting a scam (legal or otherwise) is okay unless the amount of money is big?
Harlequin has been selling a *lot* of ebooks.
(But not as many as they want to. The indie publishers are eroding their business which is moving *strongly* to ebooks.)
The scam, regardless of the amount of money involved is simply a bad business practice; in the current climate they are already losing customers, if they start losing *experienced* authors with established careers and newcomers are warned off they are not going to be industry leaders for long.
It doesn't matter if they're saints or devils: They are shooting themselves in the foot for what you, yourself, claim is no significant amount of money.
How smart is that?