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Amazon accidentally gave away 6,000 copies of an author's e-book and refuses to pay him royalties.

"...Apparently when you sign up for Amazon's platform, the company makes you promise to give them the best price, and if they find you offering the same thing cheaper elsewhere, they have the right to automatically lower your price. But, here, Amazon's algorithm mistook a "sample three chapters" that was being given away free on the Nook platform, as if it were the whole book. So it automatically dropped Crawfod's ebook price from $5.99 down to $0. It took weeks to sort out, and by the time that happened, 6,116 people had downloaded the free version..."

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