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(Stuff.co.nz)   Amazon considers starting a revolutionary "Netflix-like" service to provide books, an innovative concept known to the rest of the world as "going to the library"   (stuff.co.nz ) divider line
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2014-07-17 05:27:22 PM  
You cna check out movies and CDs at the library, too.
 
2014-07-17 05:43:23 PM  
The concept of a public library (rather than a private/subscription one) is a pretty recent and pretty American one.
 
2014-07-17 06:20:53 PM  
The copy of Drew's book that I read, was checked out of the library.

Sorry Drew but I was broke.
 
2014-07-17 06:34:11 PM  
Shoot. I can't fap in this.
 
2014-07-17 06:50:26 PM  
There is room for Amazon in this space. My library has e-books, but only one person can have it at a time. Due to publishers, not library choice.

If I can get the book I want without having to reserve it and wait, it could be successful.

Then I clicked the link. I'm not paying $10/month. I'll stick to my current method of reserving a bunch from the library so that there is (usually) always something to read. It should be part of Prime.
 
2014-07-17 06:55:03 PM  
I currently subscribe to both Scribd and Oyster and find both to be worth the fee for the amount of reading I do. That being said, if Amazon can offer the same service and offer a larger library, I would definitely consider it.
 
2014-07-17 07:00:29 PM  

stewbert: It should be part of Prime.


Prime already has the lending library, which gets you one book a month.  This extends that to let you get more than one book a month.
 
2014-07-17 07:12:31 PM  

StrikitRich: You cna check out movies and CDs at the library, too.


yeah, but does YOUR library exclude all the books from the Big 5 publishers it doesn't have an agreement with?
 
2014-07-17 07:24:07 PM  
Considering that the average ebook is only like 5 bucks, this only makes sense if you read at least two books per month.
 
2014-07-17 07:38:29 PM  
And Netflix is just like going to the video store. Netflix is clearly stupid.
 
2014-07-17 07:59:23 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: stewbert: It should be part of Prime.

Prime already has the lending library, which gets you one book a month.  This extends that to let you get more than one book a month.


yes but most of those books suck, or are by new authors.  If this was their entire library that would be different.
 
2014-07-17 07:59:54 PM  
No Amazon! My reading backlog is bad enough as it is!
 
2014-07-17 08:29:47 PM  
Hey Amazon, how's that new console venture working out for ya?

/lulz
 
2014-07-17 09:09:45 PM  
I've been using Oyster, but I read 5-6 books a month, so the price to me is worth it.
I don't think a light reader would get much value from it.
 
2014-07-17 09:58:24 PM  
Does this mean I have to rewind them before returning so that I don't get charged .25?
 
2014-07-18 12:00:50 AM  

Peter Dinklage's Super Mullet: Does this mean I have to rewind them before returning so that I don't get charged .25?


What a stupid comment. Everybody knows you only do that with DVDs.
 
2014-07-18 12:33:33 AM  

stewbert: There is room for Amazon in this space. My library has e-books, but only one person can have it at a time. Due to publishers, not library choice.

If I can get the book I want without having to reserve it and wait, it could be successful.

Then I clicked the link. I'm not paying $10/month. I'll stick to my current method of reserving a bunch from the library so that there is (usually) always something to read. It should be part of Prime.


Sorta pays for itself if you're an avid reader, given the cost of a hardcover book these days. Even paperbacks and e-books are expensive enough that $10/mo isn't bad if you go through a new book every week.

Of course then there's the downside: you don't get to keep the books once you stop paying, and Amazon can yank anything in the listings at will.

/there's like one remaining library in the city where I live and it's not in the best part of town, so I've never bothered getting a card
 
2014-07-18 07:43:13 AM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: stewbert: It should be part of Prime.

Prime already has the lending library, which gets you one book a month.  This extends that to let you get more than one book a month.


And my son gets a Minecraft pamphlet on the first, so I can't get a real book.
 
2014-07-18 08:29:20 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: stewbert: There is room for Amazon in this space. My library has e-books, but only one person can have it at a time. Due to publishers, not library choice.

If I can get the book I want without having to reserve it and wait, it could be successful.

Then I clicked the link. I'm not paying $10/month. I'll stick to my current method of reserving a bunch from the library so that there is (usually) always something to read. It should be part of Prime.

Sorta pays for itself if you're an avid reader, given the cost of a hardcover book these days. Even paperbacks and e-books are expensive enough that $10/mo isn't bad if you go through a new book every week.

Of course then there's the downside: you don't get to keep the books once you stop paying, and Amazon can yank anything in the listings at will.

/there's like one remaining library in the city where I live and it's not in the best part of town, so I've never bothered getting a card


I read quite a bit, but it usually isn't more than 4-5 books in a month. My library's e-book selection is decent, but nowhere near as good as their print selection. I might switch back to books if I run out of e-books. I still think $10/month is too much, especially if it doesn't have absolutely everything I'd want.
 
2014-07-18 10:26:52 AM  
A couple of things.
First, the Big 5 are not included, and rumor has it this sent shockwaves through their collective boardrooms.
Cuz if you're reading at the all you can eat buffet, you're not as inclined to pay for a book that's not already on your must read list.

Second, spouse just got the email from Amazon as she's one of their authors.
Amazon is NOT making this easy on self published authors.  First, you have to be part of KDP Select, which means on a 3 month basis, you are opting in to where your book is not available on any other platform. (KDP Select will promote you with various perks) Then, if you are further opt in to this new program and someone reads more than 10% of your book, you get the full royalty rate. The money shows up like the Kindle Lending Library money does (If you have prime, you get a free rental of a book per month and the author gets the royalty from that)
So, if you're self pubbed, but are happy with your sales from Nook/Smashwords, you wouldn't go for this.
This will be a big deal for self pubbed authors. I imagine many will not opt in for that reason.
 
2014-07-18 11:12:46 AM  
I would pay Amazon money to exclude self-published fiction from search results.
 
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