Netflixing ebooks

Had a thought today, which I’m sure others have as well. We are heading toward subscriptions for ebooks. People who read a lot on mobile devices will love the notion of paying monthly fee for being able to download titles. Netflix for books. Netbooks. This is going to be a fine interplay between volume and price. How much will readers pay per book on a monthly basis? Ten bucks on netflix gets you four movies. There is a tangible book version of netflix out there. You get your book and send it back when your done. This obviously can’t work with an ebook. You can’t exactly send it back. It could however, expire. You basically would buy the right to download and read a book for a set amount of time, after which it would expire and no longer be accessible.  Question of pricing. Lots of people like to keep there books around to reread. They aren’t going to pay $10 for an ebook that is only good for one read. So what would be a price point to make ‘one and done’  workable?  Ten a month for four downloads? Twenty a month for ten? Obviously the price point has to make the publisher money, has to make the subscription company money, has to make the author money. Of course pubs would do well to cut out the middle man and offer this option themselves.

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