. . . you would be willing to throw money at Google Books and university presses IF they would let you have access right away, immediately, now (not days later through Amazon) to the books you see through limited preview.
Would you pay, say, $15 to download the book without getting a paper copy?
Would you be willing to pay, say, $7.50 for a week's or a month's access to it?
Think about it. Why do academic authors write? They work for royalties, of course, but those don't amount to much unless you have a crossover popular title. But what academic authors really want is citations in the work of others, and wouldn't we be able to cite more this way?
They say academics aren't creatures of impulse, but whoever does this first is going to have more of my bank account than I care to contemplate.