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Old 04-26-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Would you subscribe to a rental service?

I am just wondering. I know that Kindle now will be available at the library, but they have a very limited selection so if there was a service out there where you could read the latest releases on any known reader would you use such a service?
Personally I would be happy to pay a fee of $10-$15/month for such a service as I rarely read a book twice, but still would like to get the latest releases.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:34 PM   #2
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You think the Big 6 are squawking about libraries lending out books and squashing their so-called profits. Someone try the rental game and they would move heaven and earth to squash that! I can't see something like that succeeding at all. Wish it could.... but alas....we have the Big 6 and that dreaded DRM.

I'm assuming here you are talking about renting e-books.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:09 PM   #3
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I don't see how it could work but I would love a service like that.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
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Its all about the details. I'd need to know specifics before I could commit, so I chose "Maybe".
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:26 AM   #5
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Depends on the selection, terms, and prices.

If it was more like a subscription, without access to "older" books, definitely not. Something library-like whose selection is so big it's more likely that a book I'd like to check out is available than not? That would be interesting.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:40 AM   #6
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Yes, I'd be happy to pay a subscription fee to a good library. I already do this for music (Napster) and have done so for films - and will again soon - (Lovefilm).

I also can't see it necessarily being a loss-maker for publishers, with micro-payments made from the subscription agreements based on lending. Renting (or borrowing) rather than buying means the reader is more likely to risk a new author. This would lead to more reading and reading more widely, resulting in more micro-payments and more actual purchases outside the library.

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:29 AM   #7
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No.
I don't even rent movies nor do I stream music. I buy what I want to read or watch or listen to. In my opinion, if we get rid of DRM, geographic restrictions, private parking companies, big moneysucking record companies and equally big moneysucking publishers we would ascend to a much better world.
(And if we could have all the crazy warlords to sit down with a sleeping kitten or puppy on their laps, we probably wouldn't have war either )
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:40 AM   #8
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I don't think the publishers are ever going to allow it. Enjoy the Philly and Singapore Libraries now because eventually they will crack down on those.

Anyway, I personally would not have a need for such a service, no matter how cheap, because my library has a great selection and decent wait times (and I don't mind a long wait, I have plenty to read).

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:56 AM   #9
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Logically I should be all for it because I spend at least $10 a month on books and I really don't re-read all that often. I have a hard enough time getting to all the just released books that I want to read for the first time.

Emotionally though, I like having my books in my little Calibre database and knowing that they are mine. I like to scroll through them and see all the covers and give little happy sighs.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:46 AM   #10
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Depending on the terms for the service, and the fees and such... I'd say "maybe."
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #11
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Emotionally though, I like having my books in my little Calibre database and knowing that they are mine. I like to scroll through them and see all the covers and give little happy sighs.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:09 PM   #12
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Logically I should be all for it because I spend at least $10 a month on books and I really don't re-read all that often. I have a hard enough time getting to all the just released books that I want to read for the first time.

Emotionally though, I like having my books in my little Calibre database and knowing that they are mine. I like to scroll through them and see all the covers and give little happy sighs.
+1 to the entire post!
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:19 PM   #13
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Logically I should be all for it because I spend at least $10 a month on books and I really don't re-read all that often. I have a hard enough time getting to all the just released books that I want to read for the first time.

Emotionally though, I like having my books in my little Calibre database and knowing that they are mine. I like to scroll through them and see all the covers and give little happy sighs.

I could not have said it better, right down to the calibre database.

I do this with music and movies (Napster and Netflix, as already mentioned) but it's different with books. I don't know why, can't explain it, it's just the way I am.
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If one was started I would want something akin to love film and it's ilk whereby there is a limit on the number of items you can borrow at a time but you can keep them for however long you want (or a suitably long period, say 6 months). Not just for slow readers but those of us with learning difficulties that can mean that reading a book sometimes takes longer than the 21 days allotted by overdrive, I completely understand why libraries need time limits but if I was paying for the rental I'd want longer. In a similar vein I'd expect a bigger selection than a library and no or short wait times.

However, I doubt something like this would ever be started or work.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:47 PM   #15
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$10-$15 to be able to read the latest releases?
Hmm. I'm a one book a month guy so that's at the steep end of what I'd be willing to pay for a bookflix rental agreement. But ignoring all the "never gonna happen", "how long do I get to keep it?", and "what's in the TOS?" hooplah: if it was in the $4-$7 ballpark, I'd be on it like a duck on a junebug.
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