Amazon has told publishers it is considering creating a digital-book library featuring older titles, people familiar with the talks said. The content would be available to customers of Amazon Prime, who currently pay the retailer $79 a year for unlimited two-day shipping and for access to a digital library of movies and TV shows.
The timing of this is no accident.
September 15th is the date Judge Chin has decreed there must be a Google Book Search settlement.
So Amazon probably went to publishers and said, “You already agreed to letting Google steal your backlist, why not at least let us give you a few pennies for it?”
I wonder how many publisher Buy buttons will disappear until they cave in and agree?
It will soon get to the point where writers will have a better chance of making a living selling illegal drugs instead of writing.