Amazon mulls $10 subscription use for e-books

July 28, 2014 - Kindle Unlimited

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Amazon is deliberation ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ a subscription e-book service, according to a cached chronicle of a website.

Amazon is contrast a use called “Kindle Unlimited” that would give subscribers total entrance to e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month.

The association had published several pages on a website with information about a service, though it pulled them on Wednesday. The pages still exist in Google’s cache, however, and a subsection of a Kindle Store labeled “KU Test” enclosed over 638,000 titles as of Wednesday.

The Kindle Unlimited news was initial reported by Gigaom; Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) did not immediately respond to a ask for comment.

If all those “KU Test” books finish adult being enclosed in Amazon’s subscription service, that would club a distance of rivals’ subscription reading libraries. Scribd, for instance, offers 400,000 titles on a book subscription service, that costs $8.99 a month. There are around 500,000 on Oyster, that is $9.95.

Of course, not all selections are combined equal — Oyster and Scribd have deals with vital publishers like Simon Schuster and HarperCollins, whose titles don’t seem accessible during this indicate in a Kindle Unlimited section.

A HarperCollins mouthpiece pronounced a edition residence is “not participating during this time” in Kindle Unlimited. As for a other “big five” publishers, Penguin Random House declined to comment; Macmillan, Hachette and Simon Schuster did not respond to requests for comment.

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Amazon has a quarrelsome attribute with these publishers, carrying tangled with them regularly over pricing issues, so it could have difficulty stealing them to pointer on for Kindle Unlimited.

The publishers reached settlements with a Justice Department in 2012 and 2013 over allegations that they conspired with Apple (AAPL, Tech30) to group adult opposite Amazon and repair a cost of e-books. More recently, Amazon has been putting a screws to Hachette as partial of a pricing dispute, stealing pre-order options from Hachette books, slicing discounts and lengthening smoothness times.

Rumors of an Amazon e-book subscription use have persisted for several months. Amazon already users of its Prime reward use to steal one book any month for no additional charge. The association also offers subscription song and video services with Prime.

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