Amazon is reportedly in talks with major publishers to offer a subscription-based ebook service to their Kindle and app ereaders sort of like their audio book service Audible or their Amazon Prime movie service. Customers would pay an annual fee to access a library of materials, but publishers have not been responsive. Huffpost
It seems we are going back in time folks. When libraries first started, you would bring a chicken to the building, offer it up to the monks, priests or guys in powdered wigs and get to read some stuff. Make no mistake, kids, these libraries still exist (such as the Library Company of Philadelphia and the New York Society Library) and have for a while. Here's what I want to know: If this library service takes off, do you see a privatization of libraries on the way? This has already happened in some libraries, so don't tut-tut me that it can not happen. If online companies such as Amazon offer to staff and fill your library, tell me your city council would not bend their ears for just a moment. Seems a subscription based library on the cheap cheap, even in ebook form, could have libraries going down an interesting road.