Pay a monthly fee to Netflix and you can watch your choice of movies on your computer or TV via streaming content. Will this service soon be available for ebooks?
It appears that Amazon.com thinks so. Recent news reports that Amazon.com is talking with book publishers about launching a Netflix-like service for digital books. This service would give customers who pay an annual fee access to a library of content.
Speculation has it that books would be added to Amazon’s current Amazon Prime program. This program currently allows customers to pay $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping and access to a digital library of movies and TV shows.
Of course, publishers participating in such a program would receive some form of compensation from Amazon either in a lump sum payment or on an “as-accessed” per book basis.
Amazon’s idea is not new. There is already at least one company on the Internet already offering a subscription-based service for ebooks. For one low fee, The Reading Site allows subscribers access to a database of millions of titles for the Kindle, the Nook, an iPad, iPhone, or a PC. Unlimited digital access appears to be the wave of the future.
The only unanswered question is: “Will you and your books will be part of such a program?”