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Startup Offers Pay-Per-Page E-Books 81

judgecorp writes "TotalBoox, a startup from Tel Aviv, plans to sell pay-as-you-read eBooks, charging for each page read. 'We are trying to rid the world from outdated, expensive ritual of buying a book before you read it,' says founder ~Yoarv Lorch, saying that readers can save money and move on if they start a best-seller on the spur of the moment and it turns out to be a turkey. But what about slow-burning classics that you have to 'get into'? What about reference books? And all the bits of a reference book that you don't actually need? The company has a beta app on Google Play for Android tablets."
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Startup Offers Pay-Per-Page E-Books

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  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday February 04, 2013 @08:54AM (#42784797)

    Hardly new. Take a look on Amazon sometime - there's tons of "ebooks" that are hardly more than pamphlets going for a buck or two apiece.

  • by jjsimp (2245386) on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:12AM (#42784931)

    ....what about slow-burning classics that you have to 'get into'?

    Why would you pay for the classics? Go to Project Guttenberg and download at will for free.

  • Re:The Plant (Score:5, Informative)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Monday February 04, 2013 @11:51AM (#42786309) Journal
    Actually, he cut it short because it WAS working well

    False. This is the Wired article [] wherein his assistant, Marsha Defillipo states:

    By part four, only 46 percent of the people who downloaded the book paid for it, DeFillipo said.

    As I always say when these stories come up, and routinely get modded down, people are lazy and cheap. If they can get something for nothing, they will, regardless if it hurts the person producing the work. They feel they are entitled to take someone else's work without compensation and will use every excuse and twist of language to justify their actions.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.