I just mistyped:
>Or is it very, very boring and/or already the basis of MPEGs anyway/etc?
You knew I meant MP3s.
But I should add that one obvious tweak is to send 10 cents or 50 cents
back to the recommender as well. I would discourage this downstream
mini-profit idea because the whole notion depends on genuine
recommendations based on enjoyment. Each reader-vector is making a personal
assessment of what she/he has read; this is the essence of agoric
judgement, I'd guess.
Nowadays, you tell a pal you liked a book or record or movie, and word of
mouth helps sell further copies (or sends your pals to Napster to
freeload), or you can loan out your copy or give another one as a gift;
this suggested method makes the very act of recommendation a way to acquire
the item *for its own sake*, not because the recommender stands to gain
from the suggestion/url.
Oh, and how do I stop some fiend downstream changing the payment link so
all tips onward down their own chain go to them rather than to me, the
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