Saturday, November 05, 2005
Amazon.com to allow book page purchases
This new Amazon program looks to be a great thing for consumers. I could see myself buying a few chapters out of a book, or better yet, accessing the entire book on-line for an additional fee.
Book buyers, soon you’ll be able to pay by the page.
With its new Amazon Pages service, Amazon.com Inc. plans to let customers to buy portions of a book — even just one page — for online viewing. A second program, Amazon Upgrade, will offer full online access when a traditional text is purchased.
For Amazon Pages, Bezos said, the cost for most books would be a few cents per page, although readers would likely be charged more for specialized reference works. Under Amazon Upgrade, anybody purchasing a paper book could also look at the entire text online, at any time, for a “small” additional charge, Bezos said. For instance, a $20 book might cost an extra $1.99.