Originally Posted by Freeshadow
And that's the point. A lot of us simply don't wont to license a copy of a book but buy one.
Purely speculation on my part, but it's likely with ebooks that publishers would move to the pay per play model, as is done with movies - if they could get away with it.
Every time I opened a book I would be charged for reading it. Or maybe I could, in effect, purchase a subscription to, say, The Grapes of Wrath
This isn't a prediction and I doubt it will happen. What I don't doubt is that publishers would be perfectly happy with this or a similar arrangement. Incrementally, it's the direction they're moving.