So now I use Kindle Books only to go through the back catalogs of authors I'm already familiar with or to buy titles I already know about. That's not good for me, for authors, or for Amazon. But this story from BoingBoing tells me that the situation is even worse than I imagined:
So now we have idiots uploading 3,000-page "books" and tricking people into downloading them from Kindle Unlimited. Then through more trickery they manage to get people to click over to the last page of the book so that it appears that the entire book has been read. Bingo: that means a nice little payday from Amazon of $15 for every crapbook unwittingly downloaded by a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.
I like e-books and I read a lot of them. But I hate shopping or searching for e-book titles amid the huge mound of garbage that Amazon is content to dump on top of the real books for sale. Self-publishing can be a good thing, but more often than not, it is just the opposite. Most unpublished books are unpublished for good reasons, and they deserve to stay unpublished - they are that bad - and I don't need them polluting the haystack I have to search through every time I want to buy an e-book.
But as long as Amazon is willing to pay scammers to puff up its own sales figures, that's the world we live in. And I'm sick of it. I'm looking at you, Mr. Amazon.