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Netflix/Spotify for books

Is there a service like Netflix/Spotify but for books?

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 12, 2014 at 12:19

Not to my knowledge... Interesting idea, though.

Here's the thing, though: if you think Hollywood and Big Music are greedy, think again. Their combined greed and incompetence (or: competence handicapped by greed and a lack of scruples) pale compared to the big book publishers...

Also: authors aren't gonna like it, either. All over the world writers organisations have petitioned and sued and lobbied to get Amazon and other eReader vendors to kill text-to-speech - the writers were/are afraid text-to-speech would harm audiobook sales.

Writers are a weird breed. But I guess if you take a year off to describe the fuzz on a peach, while the orchard is being bulldozed by invasion forces, your brain works differently.

Anyway... Pirate Bay aside? Nope, something like Spotify for books doesn't exist.
There are all sorts of subscription services, I think. You buy so and so many books a months or year and get a percentage off...

Consider another issue: Big Music realised years ago that DRM only harms them, without
impacting on piracy at all. But Big Book is still firmly on the DRM life raft. (noted exceptions like TOR aside). It's idiotic. We live in a multi-platform world. The tech is there (cloud services etc)...
You could read a chapter on your laptop, continue on your Lumia,and finish at night on your lPad. You could Airdrop a passage you like to your friends Galaxy... but, no... we do DRM and 3, 4 different eBook file formats. Greed done wrong.
Here: while Time Warner, e.g. had a record Q4 (despite their piracy fearmongering), book publishers struggle. I'm sure eventually they come around... in the 80s a number of big Hollywood studios dithered before they released their back catalogue on VHS... No, video didn't kill Hollywood.

spruceyb  Mar. 12, 2014 at 19:03

Public Library

Go to your local library's site and look for eBooks. Best part you don't have to pay anymore than the taxes you already pay!

e.g
Worcester Library
http://worcestershire.lib.overdrive.com/1DE9A012-0997-46F5-BF7B-FDA268B048D9/10/50/en/Default.htm

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 12, 2014 at 20:26

Public Library

Go to your local library's site and look for eBooks. Best part you don't have to pay anymore than the taxes you already pay!

e.g
Worcester Library
http://worcestershire.lib.overdrive.com/1DE9A012-0997-46F5-BF7B-FDA268B048D9/10/50/en/Default.htm


hahaha you read my mind. I just remembered that I should have mentioned the library. :p

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