Amazon: eBook Rentals?


L. McMaken
Cincinnati, OH


The newest service that might be offered to customers from Amazon is an eBook rental service. According to recent press releases the service would be similar to Netflix — customers would subscribe and the subscription would enable readers to “rent” eBooks.

This service would likely be part of their existing Amazon Prime service and looks to be a service that will be offered with the introduction of their new “tablet” later this year.

There has been little word from publishers regarding this type of service, although a publishing executive was quoted as saying; “What it would do is downgrade the value of the book business.”