Should Authors Pay People To Read Their Books?

January 22, 2013 in Daily Bulletin


Nobody really reads books these days writes Kevin Kelly. Perhaps authors should pay the people who do. Here’s how it would work:

  • Individuals would pay to buy the book on an e-reading device.
  • The e-reading device would use algorithms to figure out if you actually read the book. If you do read it, then you’ll be paid back the price of the book, plus a little extra for reading it.
  • This would likely incentivize people to buy books because they know that it is possible that it will be free. But few people will actually read the book.
  • Authors win since they have higher book sales. Readers win since they get free books.

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Source: The Technium

Via: Marginal Revolution