questionsdo you want amazon to start a monthly…

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I am too picky about what I read for something like that to be useful for me, but I can see where others might really enjoy it. You didn't list Abebooks.com so I just wanted to throw it out there. It's where I get most of my books.

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No appeal for me. Way too many FREE books are offered daily. In all genres. For e-books that I want that aren't free...I just buy them. Am attempting to get some of my hard bound library as e-books. So many are not offered yet. Since I pay for so few books, a 'subscription' would not be beneficial.

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@moondrake:

The way the plan at Audible.com works: you purchase 1 or 2 credits a month (or you can purchase a year's worth at a time). You can then 'spend' your credits whenever you want (within some number of months) on whatever titles interest you. The subscription is for the credits, the member picks the books. That's why I like it so much. The discounts are significant.

E-book prices seem too high to me. I would like a plan from Amazon simular to that at Audible. Sorry for incomplete info above.

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@moondrake: btw I do shop at Abebooks and Alibris and many small booksellers on Half and Ebay and Bookfinder. Thanks for the mention of Abebooks. I think it is now an Amazon company, but that's OK w me.

I have too many books. I want more. :)

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If they do it and have textbooks included, many college students will be the happiest people ever.

Me included.

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I have had an e-reader for a couple years now (currently have the Kindle Fire) and I have yet to pay for an e-book. I usually just get them from the library. Some popular titles have a long waiting list (I waited 4 months for A Dance with Dragons), but I don't mind. There's so many available titles that I find other things to read while I wait.

If I really wanted to read a book right away, I would just buy the physical copy. I did that recently with Justin Cronin's The Twelve. If I wasn't dying to read it ASAP, I would have just waited until my library had it availabe.

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I would love that. It is a great idea. You might also try Lendle ( www.lendle.me ) You can lend and borrow books that are lendable through Kindle. I have lent out several books. The only downside is that you can only lend a book once and only certain books are lendable.

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@zzzaap: clearly you dont understand why the business model of textbook companies would never allow such a thing to happen

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@zzzaap:

I imagine textbooks would be exempt from this as the publishers would not agree. There are rental models for textbooks now that are cheaper than purchase. ... I hear its a bit of a PITA to read and study that way.

The real prob with textbooks is the lack of competition in a force purchase setting. If you want college courses, you have to have the textbooks. Many textbooks are "updated" annually in some trivial manner precisely to kill the used textbook market and force student to buy the new editions. You have to buy for calculus book your prof uses, not something similar from a used bookstore.

The textbook publishers have a captive forced-purchase market. They know it and gouge accordingly. :(

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not really, you can do that at the library