Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Amazon Gives Readers Yet Another Reason to Ditch Local Libraries

Amazon has proposed to make a "Netflix-like" library that users can pay an annual subscription fee of $80 for an Amazon Prime account. The novels available wouldn't be brand new, but isn't that what you're getting from your local library?

The article says several publishers aren't excited about the idea because of the diminishing affect it would have on print copies of books. If Amazon tweaks their plan to fit what publishers find acceptable, what will happen to books?

As convenient as a Netflix for books sounds, what will come of libraries? Children in many classrooms across the world are already reading their textbooks from e-readers. Will the generations to come know the feeling of going to the library to check out books like we had as kids?

Amazon is reportedly talking with publishers about launching a new "Netflix-like" digital book membership service, as it strives to stay competitive in the emerging digital content market.

The Seattle-based retailer is exploring a service in which customers pay an annual fee in return for access to a library of content, but says the notion may not have wide support.

The Seattle-based Kindle maker is making a digital book library comprised of older titles available to Amazon Prime customers, who pay $80 a year for unlimited two-day shopping and access to a digital library of movies and television shows. Amazon may limit the number of monthly books under such a program.

Read the rest of the article here.

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