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Mark Pearson has an important piece on “The harmful impact of audible exclusive audiobooks”.
Authors are sometimes encouraged to sign up with the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) for higher royalties, but have to give the exchange exclusive rights for sales. It's rather like an 800 number
This winds up depriving local libraries and independent bookstores access to the books, which might be particularly harmful during the pandemic lockdowns.
The group Fight for the Future offers a petition against the practice.