Originally Posted by Giggleton
Unless we begin to view the network as the public library.
I'm fairly certain there would be no shortage of curators for this library. That would certainly cut down the costs a bit.
Well if you're going to go that route, the internet's my library and any book I could ever want to read is available for free if I only look hard enough
There's definitely a market for a legitimate
Netflix-for-Ebooks type service, as evidenced by all of the people who fall for the scam sites ("$10/mo gets you access to 1 million ebooks!", serves up Gutenberg). It worked for music (Zune, Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, etc), it worked for videos (Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, etc), it can work for ebooks. The problem is getting the publishers onboard at a price point that a) gets people to subscribe, b) allows you to at least break even on operations (public libraries don't do this), and c) keeps the publishers happy enough to keep supplying you with content (see Netflix's ongoing struggles with content providers).