Ebook Library from Amazon?
A part of me is horrified by the idea of this. Amazon offering a subscription service which would allow readers access to a number of digital books at a time. This move raises many concerns. (Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library - WSJ.com)
Will writers get enough compensation so they can afford to keep writing?
It makes me think about the infographic about how much musicians make from online streaming services.
Breaking The Free Model
I give away most of my fiction for free off the idea that people who love it will pay for it, but this model will make them feel like they already did pay for the book.
The beauty of the current model is that I don't need to be a mass market success to make a living from writing, and this will seriously jeopardize that. I suppose that means I will have to do something special to encourage my readers to help me out, but it will break the emerging model even more than it already is.
The only benefit I can see is that I would be compensated for the reads that would have been free. Kind of like putting several pennies in one hand while taking the dollars out of the other.
Not sure what to think about this.