This post expressing my desire for a Netflix-like service for Kindle-like devices continues to be one of my most popular. Most people find it through search engines. That’s Exhibit A that there’s interest in the idea.
My local library just announced a new ebook loan service. The loaned ebooks can be read on most devices, except Kindle. Darn. But, it’s still a welcome move in the right direction.
The library reported that they reached their capacity on loaning ebooks within days. That’s Exhibit B that there’s interest in the service.
Dear Amazon.com: You can be the iTunes and the Netflix for ebooks. Some people like to buy their books. Some people like to borrow. Some do both. Currently, you serve one-and-half out of three value propositions (the first and half of the third), when you could serve all three.
While libraries, like mine, will get in the game, folks will find a value prop in a wider selection of titles, better queue planning and being able to use such a service with the Kindle.
As an analogy, I pay for Blockbuster Online (I still haven’t switched to Netflix mainly due to laziness), I still rent movies at the local Blockbuster and get some DVDs from the library.
P.S. If anyone out there uses Netflix on the Wii, let me know how that works for you. Did you have to buy extra memory or download any additional software for the Wii?