The Long Tail in Print: Buying Books a Page at a Time

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The Amazon "Pages program" would "unbundle" books, by allowing customers to purchase and view the pages they want or need.

Amazon "Upgrade" will give customers the option to purchase a physical book and perpetual online access to the book. [I do like this idea- now I won't have lug all my books around the world.]

When will this happen? Sometime next year... read about it here.

How does this compare with Google's "Print Library"?

Here's what the bloggers are saying:

"Suddenly the reason why publishers and authors are so pissed off at Google becomes a little bit clearer. They think that they're going to be able to slice and dice their books, selling little pieces of the book as people want them. They're taking a page from the entertainment industry -- and, like that industry, they're going to discover this plan won't work very well. They've just added friction in the form of additional transaction costs, both mental and monetary to finding information."
--Techdirt

"Ultimately, it's a very Long Tail idea, isn't it? Allow people to buy stuff the way they want to, so that you can wring every last cent out of your content, by earning $1 from someone who isn't willing to spend $10 for the entire book."
--Yellow Handman

"It's figured out a way to please authors and publishers, spread around the money for everyone, and do the right thing for readers. Google should sit up and take notice."
--Konnecke.com

"It sounds intriguing - especially to folks who conduct research or who cite information. For example, I might want to cite a book in a blog post or an article or something, but not wait for the entire book (or even buy it). But to pay a nominal amount for access to a few pages - well, that might well be worth the cost."
--Walloworld

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