With its new Amazon Pages service, Amazon.com Inc. plans to let customers buy portions of a book — even just one page — for online viewing. A second program, Amazon Upgrade, will offer full online access when a traditional text is purchased.
For Amazon Pages, Bezos said, the cost for most books would be a few cents per page, although readers would probably be charged more for specialized reference works. Under Amazon Upgrade, anybody purchasing a paper book could also look at the entire text online, at any time, for a small additional charge, Bezos said. For instance, a $20 book might cost an extra $1.99. Copyright holders would determine whether the pages could be printed or downloaded. ”We feel strongly that copyright holders get to make these decisions," Bezos said.