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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:24 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from Critter Captain on Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:54:06 0000]

Precisely.

They may buy copies for each borrow as a loss leader at first, but I don't they'll keep doing that.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:25 pm

[Reposted from old comment system, from anonymous on Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:44:00 0000]

Sell 3 copies to every public library in the U.S. and you've sold 50,000 copies.

Sell 1 copy to every public and private school and you've sold 100,000 copies.

If Amazon operates as one giant library and is the only game in town, I doubt if it will acquire 50,000-150,000 copies of a book with that level of demand regardless of what the terms are. They'd have to sell 5000-15,000 new Prime memberships with each new release of a typical medium-traffic library book.

Consider:
The likes of the seventh Harry Potter book would either bankrupt Amazon or they'd have one humongous long wait list. That is to say, some bloody long queue.

If they need to build long wait lists to save their business model it will undermine the utility to their customers.

So the verdict is out on whether this can work or not. I seems to me a better model is borrowing ebooks for a price. That would undermine full-priced sales much more than public libraries do, but maybe you can make it up on volume.

The lending model should impact fiction more than non-fiction; it's easier to read once and discard.

Conflicts of interest disclosures:
I am an Amazon Prime member.
My local public library has a new director who is emphasizing ebooks.
I'm looking forward to my ebook royalties being as high as possible.
I like getting the books I read as cheaply as possible.
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