A long list of indie books that were free on Smashwords were reduced to free on Amazon last week. That's not surprising-- Amazon has busy spiders that catch that kind of thing. Nor is it surprising that many of these authors have "sold" a thousand free copies or more, and popped up at the top of the bestselling free list, thus getting themselves some very useful exposure. It's cool for them, and I wish I were among them, and am slightly jealous:-).
But here's the weird part-- people are apparently getting paid royalties for the free books by Amazon. I don't quite get that. Amazon must be losing a bundle on this, and it makes no sense to reward authors for putting up books for free elsewhere. I wonder if it's all an error, and will be corrected later.