Amanda Palmer, musician, artist, internet pioneer and wife of the nerd-god Neil Gaiman, has had some choice words for her labels and detractors over the years. In this TED talk, she explains why she advocates piracy and the “pay what you want” model.
This presents an interesting idea for publishing, too, or really any sort of creative endeavor. Another way of looking at this payment model is that it’s capitalism at its most refined, with a twist: the market sets the price. A built-in display could show the average amount paid, too, which would encourage those contributing just $1 or two to give more.
I don’t see this happening in a huge way soon, though. After all, as Amanda says, the systems aren’t quite there yet to be able to do it really well. But they’re coming along.
What do you think of this idea of paying what you think it’s worth? Let me know in the comments.