Originally Posted by JSWolf
Not even that. We know access on the net is not 100%. If I want to go read a book and I cannot access it, I would not be happy. Also, I don't always have net access when I read. So I would need a local copy. I don't mind the cloud where the eBooks live until I download them and have a local copy. If I pay for the content, I want the ability to have it on my computer.
Exactly -- you finish a movie in 2 hours, but it takes days to finish a book. And unless you are on an unlimited plan (perhaps this whole idea is subsidized by Verizon and AT&T??) you won't always have access. And only devices with internet access would work.
Avid readers are quite a different crowd from Netflix users. So I doubt a similar strategy would work here, perhaps it would for the next Dan Brown. But in general readers are a completely different market.
So all things considered a scheme like this would appear to be an attempt to promote sales of new hardware (internet capable reading devices), unlimited data plans, and pbooks -- especially when it is the only option.