"Subscription services for digital media, such as movies and music, have become mainstream, making it more or less inevitable that book publishers would have to grapple with a similar model. Such startups as Oyster and Scribd offer these services already, but there has been a sense that the book market hadn’t yet heard from the big guns. Well, Amazon.com (AMZN) is about to take its shot.Could Penguin Beat Amazon at Book Subscriptions? - Businessweek
The company is testing an e-book subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, according to pages on its site that were noticed by its users and the tech blog GigaOM. The service would cost $9.99 a month and give people unlimited access to about 600,000 titles as well as thousands of audiobooks. Amazon hasn’t responded to a request for comment."
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Could Penguin Beat Amazon at Book Subscriptions? - Businessweek
Where "unlimited" is supplier-defined; check the full article for speculation about how Amazon could be disintermediated by the subscription service shift