You've all probably already heard, but Amazon announced several days ago that they were preparing to start publishing fanfiction for the Kindle. Although the current plans include only fanfics for Gossip Girls, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, and although it seems unlikely in the extreme that this is a bandwagon Hasbro would want to jump on (Amazon needs to make arrangements with the rights holders to publish fanfics commercially), this is pretty big news in the fanfic world. I've been sitting on it for a few days myself, trying to decide what I wanted to say about the whole thing.
Only... I'm not really sure what to think. Is this good for fanfiction? Is this bad? What are the legal ramifications of the boundary between commercial fiction and explicitly "for-fun" writing being (even further) blurred? How would the ponyfiction community be different if there were a pay-to-read alternative through which authors could attempt to go?
Having opinions about things is something I'm pretty good at, but I just don't think I know enough to... well, to know how I feel about this. So I'd like to open up the comments: what do you think about commercial fanfiction in principal? What do you think about Amazon's plan specifically? And, if this were (for the sake of argument) ever to spread to the ponyfiction world, how would that alter the landscape, for better or for worse?
Drop your thoughts in the comments section; I'd love to hear from some folks who do have strong opinions about this. Or at least, from people with a better idea of what the implications of this are than I have.