I'm only going to comment on your primary rant - availability. I get it. You see, I can't read print due to vision damage. So, if it is not available in audio or ebook form, I don't get to read it at all. I don't have the option of getting it in a printed form. Book clubs can be great or a headache, depending on your preferences. I'm fortunate that besides MobileRead's book club, my other book club requires all selections to have either audio or ebook format available.
I have a series that I want to start. I have ebooks 2-8. Book 1 is owned by a different publisher who refuses to grant rights to anybody in the US, thus it is not available to anybody in the US. Very, very annoying.