Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library

12 September 2011

Or: Spotify for Books.

I think I’ve blogged before how I think this is a potential killer product; people only read (most) books once, so a rental model rather then a ownership model makes way more sense.

There’s also nothing stopping them replicating the ad-supported free service as well, or how about you get a year’s free service when you buy a Kindle? Could be very interesting indeed.

Further reading:

Disconnected

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That’s a shame isn’t it?

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