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Tech Check: E-book app lets you pay by the page

by staff

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 12:21 PM

HOUSTON –- E-book fans may have noticed the wide range of book prices in recent months.

Digital Book World reported late in 2012 that some books were going for as much as $15, up from the typical $5. The good news is, you can now pay by the page using a new Android app.

Total Boox is a free app for Android tablets with 10,000 books to choose from. Each page you turn costs a few cents. So instead of paying upfront for a book you end up disliking, you can stop reading at anytime and not have to pay a dime more. Total Boox will even give you $2 in credit to start with.

The startup also serves as a social network where you can create a ‘playlist’ of books that you can share with your friends, classmates, and coworkers.

The app’s maker says they hope to attract even more publishers to their service in the near future, especially after being featured on the popular website Mashable. On Total Boox’s website they indicate the iPad version of the app should be out in mid-November.

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