MIT Press has been at the forefront in exploring new models of publishing and here’s one more addition to this list. All MIT Press ebooks available at http://mitpress-ebooks.mit.edu are now available for rent.
Readers who want to check out the MIT Press titles can now do so without having to purchase the book. Subscriptions are available as time-limited rentals, for a week or a month, through which readers can get full access to the content. Access to the books rented out expires after the stipulated time.
This will enable readers from various countries to access MIT Press’ content, for reference or for reading, at a fraction of the cost of the selling price of the book. This will open-up their content to a lot more people and create a micro-payments business model.