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Old 10-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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readOyster.com: "Netflix for books"

http://www.readoyster.com/ is taking sign-ups for e-mail notification of events. Evidently it's a start-up aiming to do for reading what Netflix does for movies and TV. They just got the first round of start-up funding. I searched here but didn't see any threads on it.

I'd sign up if the pricing is right. I find it hard to believe that major publishers would support this, at any sane pricing levels.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Sounds interesting, but not convinced there'll be enough range
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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Hmm, even with the Netflix business model it will be hard to compete in ebook market nowadays.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:15 AM   #4
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Call me when they have some publishers on board. Anybody can say they're going to do this.

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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Since I read primarily in one or two genres (scifi and fantasy) they would have to have a lot of titles in their inventory before I would find this useful.

Now if Baen Books were to offer unlimited reading for the price I am paying for Netflix, I would jump at it.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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Since I read primarily in one or two genres (scifi and fantasy) they would have to have a lot of titles in their inventory before I would find this useful.

Now if Baen Books were to offer unlimited reading for the price I am paying for Netflix, I would jump at it.
Wouldn't we all. Lucky for me the library offers it for less. I enjoy at least 80% of the library books I get and could probably choke down the others if they ran out of available books.

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Old 10-13-2012, 11:04 AM   #7
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I have trouble imagining a subscription service paying for itself with major content. The big publishers have shown a lot more interest in protecting the perceived value of their ebooks than in making them available to readers for less.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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That sounds pretty cool.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #9
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An iPhone app? Yeah, I dunno. If you could download the books to an ereader it might be worth it, but I don't like reading books off an LCD screen. I'll just stick with the library for now.
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