With local services largely focused on a specific countries, Europe doesn’t have a subscription ebook market nearly as competitive as that of the US. But that is slowly beginning to change.
Following two months of private beta testing, Blloon opened ebook subscription service to the UK public today.
Launched in July by txtr founder Thomas Leliveld, Blloon aspires to offering a lower cost ebook service in a market already crowded by Scribd and Kindle Unlimited. Blloon’s service is free to start, and every new reader starts with a credit for the equivalent of 3 books. Continue reading
The growth of the subscription ebook market continued apace today with the news that HarperCollins had signed a deal with Bookmate.
Bookmate, which is primarily focused on Russia and ebook markets in eastern Europe, will now be able to offer its 1.5 million users ebooks published by HC. No one is talking specifics on the numbers, but the press release does say that “books by hundreds of authors, including CS Lewis are included in the deal”. Continue reading
The HarperCollins acquisition of Harlequin earlier this year bore expected fruit today.
Scribd announced on Thursday that it had signed a deal with the romance publisher to add 15,000 titles to Scribd’s ebook subscription service. The Harlequin Scribd deal will run for one year, and like the deal that HarperCollins struck with Scribd the Harlequin works will be drawn from Harlequin’s backlist. Continue reading
Simon & Schuster may have just given us a clue about their interests in the subscription ebook market, and just who they want to work with.
The Bookseller is reporting that S&S has cut a deal with the small Scandinavian ebook subscription service Mofibo. The full terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it will reportedly boost Mofibo’s catalog to over 20,000 titles in English, Danish, and other languages. (According to one source, Mofibo offered 14,000 titles at the end of August.) Continue reading
Following 8 months of private beta tests, the much anticipated advert-supported Readfy ebook service opened to the public this weekend. The service is launching with a catalog of 25,000 titles which can be read in apps for Android, iPad, and iPhone – at no cost to the user. Continue reading
Amazon may be expanding Kindle Unlimited this morning but reports are coming in that their competitors in the ebook subscription market aren’t doing so well.
BuchReport.de posted yesterday that one market researcher is seeing a precipitous decline in Scribd and Oyster’s subscriber base (via Google Translate): Continue reading
Taking the idea of a stealth launch to an extreme, Librify launched its book club service into an open beta some time in the past couple months.
Initially announced at BEA 2014, Librify is an ebook subscription service which planned to bring the book club type of experience to the modern web. Readers can sign up for a monthly subscription (currently $6.99) and receive one selected title each month. They can also buy more ebooks, including some at sale prices, from Librify’s ebookstore which had around 500,000 titles in stock in early June. Continue reading
A non-new digital comics service crossed my desk this morning (discovered via Absolute Write), and since I had never heard of it (nor could I find much in the way of press coverage) I decided to post an open question and see if anyone was more familiar with it than I. Continue reading
All you can read subscription plans like Kindle Unlimited may be getting all the press but that’s not the only idea being tested right now. A new service launched today in the Netherlands, and it plans to update the old book club idea for the ebook era.
Elly’s Choice offers a simple and cheap subscription plan that costs 3 euros per month for 10 ebooks – with a catch. Continue reading