Amazon's Netflix-Like Subscription: Unlimited Access to 600,000 Titles



Borrowing a page from Netflix, Amazon says it's launching an unlimited subscription service for e-books, but don't expect to see a lot of popular titles on the electronic shelves.

Amazon announced July 18 that a $9.99 per month fee will give Kindle users access to more than 600,000 titles and about 2,000 audiobooks on its Whispersync platform, which allows users to switch between reading and listening to books.

Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial service.

But Amazon's publishing perils continue to mount in its ongoing squabble with Hachette over e-book prices. Earlier this summer Amazon began slowing down, and, in many instances, cut off book sales from Hachette, which includes many of the world's popular authors including J.K. Rowling and James Patterson.

So far, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster have said that their titles won't be a part of the new Amazon service.

Amazon is the biggest, but not the first company to offer the subscription service. Scribd charges $8.99 a month for access to 400,000 titles and Oyster charges $9.95 a month for its unlimited service.

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