I randomly stumbled over this excellent online argument by comic artist Scott McCloud in favour of micropayments to artists, writers and musicians who put their stuff on the web: it's something that's played around in my head before, and brings to mind the time I helped out on a local small press comic (more than a decade ago) and ended up pointing out the cover price of the comic was, in fact, ten pence less than what it cost to actually produce each issue. Unfortunately, the others involved ignored this and the comic sank about five minutes later ... But yeah, I sometimes thought of putting one or two short stories up on the net, with a purely voluntary option to click on a paypal button and pay, say ... five pence? Two? Twenty-five? Meh. Maybe.

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