The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.
Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry?
My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.
Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money.
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating.
I couldn’t hit the reblog button fast enough.
So much reblog.
Touts…as “Netflix For Books!”
…you mean…A LIBRARY?
This makes me sick.
Signal boosting this in the hopes that someone decides to join their local library instead of supporting selfish, money-grubbing companies with no regard for a community. Please join me, this is important for our future.
Imagine if we had no libraries, and this $150 a month was your only choice.
That’s where we’re headed. Support your local library, not greedy corporate monsters.
What I really find so ironic about this, and perhaps the biggest reason not to get this, is that there’s not much cost-benefit to shelling out $120 for this. The average American reads on average, if I recall correctly, 4-6 books a year. Most Kindle books are $7.99-$9.99 and at those rates, you’re better off just buying them. Whereas for Netflix, the small subscription fee makes a lot of sense because people watch a lot of movies and TV shows and it’s very easy to get your money’s worth.
Granted, there are people who read more than that, but most of those people have already figured out the ways to get their books. Most local libraries offer an e-book service for free. I don’t know how others work but I assume it can’t be that different from the one I use, wherein you’re able to get 6 books (although I think recently they upped it to 8) and keep them for three weeks. However, if you turn the wifi on your Kindle off, you can keep the books indefinitely even though the library system will register the book as returned after that period.
For myself, the wifi at school doesn’t connect with my Kindle (something about the way the servers are set up) but it’s no big deal because I just load up my Kindle with books when I’m home and then by the time I’m home for break I’ve worked through them and just rinse and repeat.
The first time I heard about this, I just laughed because it’s not gonna catch on. The only people who could really get their money’s worth out of this one already have much better ways to get their books.