Originally Posted by starrigger
I think I can probably answer that myself:
1) Ebooks are still a tiny share of the market, and
2) How could
you make it a commission-based thing? The publishers produce the ebooks (or don't, but never mind that) and put them out through the distribution system. You wouldn't say to fictionwise (as you would to Barnes & Noble), "How many copies do you want for your initial order?"
Not to mention the opinion of many that DRMed ebooks are actually "rented" from eretailers as opposed to actually being "purchased".
How do you pay out a "sales" commission on a "rented" product?