Originally Posted by tomsem
I think there is an opportunity for Amazon or some other player (Google?) to launch a commercial ebook lending service that is format-neutral and is driven by subscription revenue, 'like Netflix streaming', or one-time, time-limited 'rentals' with prices less than 'purchases'. I think publishers, large and small, would find that less threatening than a model where their content is offered for free, unlimited usage.
I think that you are right. The problem is: would publisher allow that model? The way things are going, I don't think so. And with the news coming out today that Random House is adopting the agency pricing model, I really think that we are going to see the control over ebooks get tighter, not looser.