Amazon mulls Netflix-like service for ebooks




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SAN FRANCISCO – .com Inc is considering a new e-book subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited,” that aims replicate popular video-streaming models for the digital books market, according several reports and a test page that briefly appeared the Internet retailer’s website.

The page, spotted by tech blog Gigaom but since taken down, touted a service that for $9.99 a month, would grant unlimited access than 600,000 titles including popular books “Life of Pi,” and “ for Elephants,” as well as blockbuster franchises like the “Hunger Games,” and “Lord of the Rings.”

[eap_ad_1] A brief promotional message described the service as available “ any device.” Other details remained unclear, however, and did not immediately respond requests for comment.

Unlike video streaming, which is dominated by services such as Netflix Inc and ’s own Instant Video, few -demand, buffet-type options exist for digital readers beyond smaller players such as Sribd. Netflix, for instance, charges several dollars per month for unlimited streaming of movies and TV programs.

Amazon is also investing heavily digital content and Kindle devices to stream that content. is currently engaged difficult negotiations publishers Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster e-book pricing, according to industry sources. (Reuters)

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