Ebook subscription services like Scribd and Oyster ask readers if they want to choose from a selection of about 400,000 ebooks and read as many as they want for $9 or $10 a month, or so.
Now Amazon is preparing to ask readers the same question, except with more than 600,000 titles, including audiobooks, and all within the convenient Amazon system – at least according to media reports.
The new “Kindle Unlimited” was reportedly being tested this week on Amazon.com and was spotted by some attentive bloggers before it was taken down.
CEOs of competitors Scribd and Oyster praised the launch as proof that the business model works and welcomed the competition in statements to DBW.
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