So Slashdot linked to this article on a new iOS app that basically aims to be “The Netflix For Books.” It sounded cool. Personally, I read tons of books and my local library doesn’t do the loaner ebook thing. If they had a wide selection of books, I could see using this app.
However, my understanding is that Netflix is a horrible deal for the filmmakers. They are paying well for the series they commission, but everyone else gets peanuts for making movies and TV shows people watch on Netflix. Like ONE peanut each. As a publisher and an author, I would really hate for someone to invent yet another way to not get paid for producing entertainment content. Thusly, I emailed them and asked for information on how they planned to work with authors and publishers. This is the response I got: (more…)