16 Sep 2014

Introducing New eBook Subscription Services



Why eBook Subscription Is The Way To Go:


According to a 2012 survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, only half of people who read at least one book in the previous year had read more than six books. 

The 14% of the population who are avid readers (according to recent research from Kobo) see subscription as a complement to or a replacement for their current behaviour.


Books-by-subscription are an inevitable part of the future. When you pay once and never think about it again, not only do you read more books, but you read books you wouldn’t have picked up.

Subscription services make books feel essentially free to their subscribers, providing access to a large book collection
    

Scribd


Scribd, which also launched a subscription service last fall, offers a selection of about 400,000 ebooks to readers for $8.99.

Oyster


Oyster library currently includes more than 100,000 titles (available for iOS devices only).
Oyster’s service costs $9.95 a month, or about $120 a year. 
People who sign up tend to read more, while also using the service to browse many books before choosing which ones to read. 

Kindle Lending Library


Amazon (AMZN) currently offers a 350,000-title Kindle lending library to Amazon Prime subscribers, for $79 a year bundled with Amazon Video.

Kindle Unlimited


Kindle Unlimited has over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month.Thousands of audiobooks on any device, and features a handful of big titles.

Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click “Read for Free.” 

Customers can choose from best sellers like 'The Hunger Games', 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', and The Lord of the Rings, and with thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible, like The Handmaid’s Tale' and 'Water for Elephants', and the story can continue in the car or on the go. 

Kindle Unlimited subscribers also get the additional benefit of a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to the full selection of Audible titles. 

Kindle Unlimited was made available starting in July and is accessible from Kindle devices or with Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps. Start your free 30-day trial today at www.amazon.com/ku-freetrial

Kindle recently introduced Short Reads: For a quick escape, select from thousands of books that are 100 pages or less.

For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.

What do you think of these services, are they something you would consider using? Sound off in the comments below.

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