As Google put thousands of public domain books online Thursday, Amazon.com responded by announcing plans to allow people to read books on the Web.
Meanwhile, Random House, the world's largest publisher of trade books, said it had come up with a business model for allowing people to pay to view its books on the Internet.
Amazon's new "Amazon Pages" program will let people purchase online access to anywhere from a few pages of a book to an entire work. The e-commerce company also announced a program called "Amazon Upgrade" that will let customers pay extra to be able to access books electronically that they've had shipped to them in printed form.
...you know, now that I think about it, it might work. Apple's iTunes store has been highly successful. I think, some part because of the much lower cost, and the ability to chose select songs... and this would do the same for books. Although, the thing is, I wouldn't participate in it, like I don't buy songs off the iTunes music store, because I can get them elsewhere for even cheaper - similar to eBooks.
So, I bring to you, my first poll for a long while:
Given the ability to purchase pages for a small amount of money (four cents per page for every page?), would you purchase pages? This includes reference books (ie, cookbooks, textbooks...), and not just novels.