More fun from Amazon!

05 Dec 2012 1:29 PM | Digital Rights Committee (Administrator)

So today Amazon announced Kindle Free Time Unlimited. From their web announcement: “Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the types of content that kids and parents love – books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don’t have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy.”

So one price gives kids unlimited access to books, movies, apps, games, etc. Agents: any clue whatsoever how your clients will get paid for this? Assuming the publishers made some kind of arrangement with Amazon for such a use (which of course is not necessarily the case. Remember Kindle Lending Library?)– how does Amazon apportion the amount reading a book is worth in this ecosystem versus what watching a movie is worth?

Seems to me a continued frightening devaluation of the value of books. In the words of my spiritual guru Obi-Wan Kenobi: “We must be cautious.”

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