Amazon is planning to start a digital book library along the lines of Spotify; i.e., you pay a monthly rate and get to borrow as many books as you want.
That’s cool and all, although I can’t really see how this is good for anyone other than Amazon. I imagine (or at least would hope) that if we weren’t living in a period when governments at every level are attempting to strip away as many duties as possible without completely causing the communities they serve to grind to a halt, public, tax-funded libraries would be doing this for free. I’d much rather be borrowing my ebooks from a public library than from Amazon.
And on the other side of the equation, I imagine that publishers would much rather be selling/renting these books to public libraries than Amazon. I don’t think Amazon is going to pay those sweet $325.99 “institutional prices” that publishers are used to gaming public libraries for. (And yes, I know that’s technically an inefficiency that’s wasting taxpayer dollar the all-knowing market will iron out, but I still think that publishers and public libraries would have a better time reaching some equitable midpoint than will publishers and the Amazon library and that in the long run we’d all be better off.)