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July 07, 2014


Felipe Adan Lerma

" Look at what Oyster and Scribd are doing in the ebook marketplace. These two startups are bringing the music subscription model into book publishing Consumers (like me) love it because they’re spending far less and able to read so much more for one low monthly price." -

Totally agree, except for the music comparison part. So far, I've found my use of both Scribd and Oyster to be much more Netflix like.

Sampling, of various books, to any amount I want, to see if I want to continue reading them, is really great too.

And as a writer and reader on the subscription services (and my local library) I can also say the royalties are good and worthwhile. :-)

Stephan Kreutzer

As long as the advantages of eInk displays don't get incorporated into other devices, as long as at least some people are involved in reading longer texts, there will be a demand for dedicated e-Readers more or less. While the amount of gratis content increases, the amount of paid content increases, too. But in long-term, selling digital objects just like physical objects simply won't be sustainable, because everybody can copy and distribute digital works at no cost at all. At the moment, however, paid content can be found at centralized places, while gratis and free/libre works are extremely scattered, so hopefully a free digital library based upon common internet infrastructure will evolve. Paying for access is supposed to decrease and paying for creation is supposed to increase under the circumstances of digital production, distribution and consumption, old business models just have to adapt to it in order to become sustainable again. With print-on-demand technology and crowdfunding, there is no need to abandon print for no reason, cross-media-production (media neutral source formats) enables it without causing additional costs.

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