Amazon's New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a Library

Amazon's New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a Library

Amazon launched a monthly subscription service that will allow e-readers to e-read unlimited e-books on their Kindles.

Introducing Kindle Unlimited! Unlimited Reading. Unlimited Listening. Any Device. $9.99/mo.

— Amazon (@amazon) July 18, 2014

As the Bezos-owned Washington Post explained:

p>Here's how it'll work: For a monthly fee of $9.99, Kindle users can browse the Amazon bookstore & wherever they see the logo for Kindle Unlimited, they'll be able to download the title for free. Decide you don't like a book halfway through? Pick another one."

The question now is if this deal will actually be worth it. The Netflix model works for the casual sedentary binge-watcher. But is there really a demographic out there that binges on books? Especially if major titles are potentially excluded?

Kindle unlimited, netflix for books, was announced. Considering it takes me 2 months to read a book, that's a pass for me.

— Jeff Fino (@jefino) July 19, 2014

Well, despite the buzz, the service already exists with subscription services like Oyster & Scribd. (Amazon Unlimited will offer 100,000 more titles than the former, & 200,000 more titles than the latter.) Here's what Time says approximately how Amazon stacks up:

When it comes to the question of which service offers the “best” books, things obtain a little muddy. Kindle Unlimited includes popular series like the Harry Potter books & the Hunger Games trilogy, as well as a a number of best-sellers, like Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, and some new titles such as Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis. But, as noted by GigaOm, the service does not include books from the “Big 5″ publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, & Penguin Random House.

Unlike Amazon, Scribd & Oyster are the only services that have both HarperCollins & Simon & Schuster on board…for now. 

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