Startups Pitching A “Netflix For E-Books” May Have A Tough Sell

Not sure if I agree with this… but the table showing the differences between Scribd, Oyster, eReatah and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is useful.

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In other words, if you’re not reading more than a book a month, or reading multiple titles at once, then you might not be getting a good deal.

Reading at least one book a month seems like a reasonable goal, and certainly it would be great if you read more. But real life tends to get in the way, and reading is an activity that requires more of an effort on the part of the subscriber.

I might be completely naive on this point, but are there really that many people out there who don’t read at least one book per month?!

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3 replies

  1. are there really that many people out there who don’t read at least one book per month?!

    In our sample size of two, it’s 50% each way, so the jury’s out.

    But I’d speculate that the number of people who read one book per month would be about 1% of the number of people who watch TV everyday.

  2. Simple answer. Yes, there are. Society today isn’t geared toward reading … it’s geared toward fast paced, sit-and-be-spoon-fed entertainment, i.e., TV. Let’s hope that someday (soon) that trend turns around and people start to appreciate the written word again.

  3. I hope so! I guess I feel a sliver of optimism that innovation in publishing will attract more readers. I also wonder if people will seek out the deeper and less hurried engagement that books can offer in trying to slow down the pace of their lives.

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