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. https://t.co/TzV4GNawmS pic.twitter.com/vNfyR1Q22Z
— 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.
This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/technology/2014/07/amazons-new-netflix-style-service-may-remind-you-of-a-library/374718/
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