While book publishers have been, for the most part, friendly to the idea of e-books – at least since the rise of the Kindle and its ilk – the shift from dead trees to lively pixels still scare many in the industry. Meanwhile, on the TV and movie front, streaming providers like Hulu Plus have been bucking heads with traditional content producers who are fearful of devaluing their content. A new report says Amazon’s looking to take all those anxieties and mix them up in one big worry stew by introducing a Netflix-like subscription e-book service to Amazon Prime accounts.
Amazon’s talking to book publishers about possibilities right now, the Wall Street Journal reports (whew, they’ve been busy!), but anonymous insiders say that industry executives aren’t too thrilled with the idea. They cite the same concerns commonly whipped out by television and movie producers, namely that an “All you can eat” buffet-style subscription could devalue their content. Amazon’s reportedly offering pretty hefty fees to any publishers willing to participate in the program. Amazon already offers some TV shows and movies to Amazon Prime subscribers and it plans on launching an Android-based Kindle tablet later in the year.