Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my tech and media newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button: Why were large publishers spared by Amazon’s affiliate fee cut? A few months ago, Amazon shocked the publishing industry when it announced it was cutting the affiliate fees it pays out to websites for a large cross section of product categories. This is the very industry that, in an effort to diversify beyond display advertising, had invested heavily in ecommerce verticals in recent years, and many digital media companies were no doubt hopeful that affiliate sales would help make up for the losses they were seeing in advertising and
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