Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Genius Business Idea?

A few seemingly unrelated facts:

1. Our family is a big fan of Netflix. If, for some reason, you don't know what it is, I will explain:
You pay a monthly subscription fee (between 8-30 dollars, depending) and they mail you DVDs. You get one, two, three, etc; based on the plan you choose. You can keep the movie as long as you want, with no late fees. When you want a new movie, you mail that one back in. Pretty simple, right? Now of course, also available is Netflix Instant (which is movies and TV shows streamed from the Internet, no limits), and Blu-Ray discs, but neither are not relevant to this post.

2. The number one item sold on is the Kindle. I got one for Christmas - my wife was tired of me constantly buying books that clutter up our house!

3. More ebooks have been sold on Amazon than physical books. Wow!

So, here is my idea: Netflix for ebooks! Of course, it would be called something different. But basically, you would pay a monthly subscription fee, and you get an ebook for your Kindle or Nook, or whatever ebook reader you prefer. You can keep it on there as long as you like, and when you are done with it, you electronically swap it out for another ebook.

Thoughts? Would you be interested in something like this?


  1. I think it's a great idea. It's basically a library online (albeit you pay for this library out right versus part of your taxes going to fun the physical library). I want the Nook color at some point but am still too stubborn (and poor) and prefer the weight of a book in my hands and the smell of freshly cut pages!

  2. I don't think this is something I could do, though I would love to do so. I don't have the programming experience to figure it out.

    Cristin - I actually prefer real books too, but the Kindle is just so darn putting thousands of books in my pocket! Especially since I move so often and have a weight limit.


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