Originally Posted by toddos
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).
I am waiting impatiently for Afictionado
to reveal more information about their subscription fees. And their launch date.
I would be prepared to pay for a subscription even if it only was Macmillan books.