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Startup Offers Pay-Per-Page E-Books 81

Posted by timothy
from the neal-stephenson-costs-more-than-cocaine dept.
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 'We are trying to rid the world from outdated, expensive ritual of buying a book before you read it,' says founder ~Yoarv Lorch, saying that readers can save money and move on if they start a best-seller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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  • Sign me up (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:56AM (#42784807)

    I would be all over this. I have tons of reference ebooks that I only use a few chapters out of. If it's $40 for a 600 page book, I would gladly pay $10 for the 100 pages I would actually use even though the unit price (per page) would be higher. As it stands now, there are a lot of books I shy away from buying because a good chunk of it is irrelevant to me and the total purchase price is above my budget.

  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:58AM (#42784823)

    Or worse, they go out of business just before you can buy the last chapter of a TotalBoox exclusive.

  • ILL (Score:4, Interesting)

    by hardie (716254) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:00AM (#42784847)

    Haven't these people heard of inter library loan?

  • Re:Sign me up (Score:5, Interesting)

    by SJHillman (1966756) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:01AM (#42784855)

    I also see this being popular with students. Buy a chapter as it comes up in class... less upfront cost and I've never had a course that used every chapter of a textbook - even the one time a professor special-ordered an abridged version of his text of choice with only certain chapters.

  • by Lispy (136512) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:06AM (#42784891) Homepage

    ....that just try to keep you turning pages just like soap operas. All the drama will be lost by an effectdriven style that resembles "keep tuned for the next page where he will get the girl....no really just read on a weee bit more."

  • Re:Sign me up (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cbope (130292) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:15AM (#42784951)

    It won't take long before the books are structured in such a way as to make this impractical. Constant references to other parts of the book for example...

    Sorry, but this is NOT a good idea, it will only be abused by the book sellers.

  • Re:BUT (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Joehonkie (665142) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:20AM (#42784995) Homepage
    Lots of books get great reviews and I hate them anyways.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:43AM (#42785177)

    - But, how can we stretch it further?

    He landed in his chair and poured a glass of whisky.

    - Sir?

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    - May I make a suggestion?

    - Go ahead, William.

    - You know about Dumas?

    - Dumas?

    - Classic French writer.

    - Yes, yes, Three Musketeers and all that. What about him?..

    He was visibly starting to lose his temper.

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    - Just spit it all out already, or else!..

    William took a step back, visibly shaken.

    - Alright, alright!

    He took a breath and went on.

    - So, basically, he had two or three characters speaking in short lines. Just make each spoken line one printed line and...

    - Yes! Oh, yes, I can see now!

    He was rapidly pacing across the room.

    - Say, what if we stretch it even further by sprucing it up with some short actions and description?

    - Splendid idea, sir!

    (cont'd)

  • by camperdave (969942) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:56AM (#42785309) Journal

    Sell the first N pages for $0.01 per page or whatever, but the last chapter is $2.00 per page.

    I could see that working for mystery novels...

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