Do you feel guilty if you only "buy" free eBooks?
I bought myself a Kindle Fire for Christmas and went on a free eBook "buying" spree, and that got me to wondering how authors are compensated.
I like SF and I particularly like multi-book series. Combine that with book tracking sites and email alerts to price drops, and I've got the perfect combination to keep me in free reading material for months if not years.
After recently downloading the 9th book in an author's series (all free, of course), I got to wondering how he might be compensated. I've found online references that authors get paid from an Amazon slush fund if they are part of the Lending Library, but I get the impression they get nothing but ratings benefits if they offer their book for free for some time period.
Doesn't seem fair to me since that content adds value to the eReaders, and Amazon directly benefits from that.
Should Amazon pay the author something? Should I occasionally pay for a book so the author gets something?
Should I feel guilty?