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
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.
The Berlin-based ebook subscription service Blloon quietly launched a private beta in the UK last week.
With service currently only available on the iPad, testers now have the opportunity to sample Blloon’s extensive catalog of fiction titles for free, and they also have the option of upgrading to a paid subscription for as little as £3.99 per month or £6.99 per month. The paid plans will allow users to read up to 500 pages or 1000 pages, respectively. Continue reading
Oyster is bucking the trend this week. While most a lot of media services avoid in-app purchases on iOS, the ebook subscription service Oyster released a new update on Friday to their app which added the option.
Oyster for iOS v1.8 adds unnamed bug fixes, major syncing improvements, and new color and personalization options – or so the changelog says; the app requires iOS 7 (which I don’t have). Continue reading
Germany’s Skoobe ebook subscription service will be opening up a new venue soon for self-published authors. Starting tomorrow, this two-year-old startup will be carrying indie ebooks distributed by Books On Demand gmbh (BoD) and by ePubli. Continue reading
Subscription ebook services are popping up all over, including in Japan. Earlier this week CyberAgent, owners of the popular Japanese blogging and social networking website Ameba, announced that they were expanding Ameba’s ebookstore with a new subscription option. Continue reading
The US-centric subscription e-reading service Oyster revealed today that they have broken free of Android and iOS. Oyster has launched a browser-based reading app which will enable users to access Oyster’s large catalog of ebooks. Continue reading
Not one to close the barn door after the horse has left, Amazon has sent out a press release this morning announcing the launch of Kindle Unlimited.
With Kindle Unlimited, readers can read as much as they want (but can only have 10 titles at a time) on their Kindle or Kindle app, all for a low price of $10 a month (with a 30 day free trial). I have reports that the service is currently limited to only US customers, but I also have a report which says that will change later this year. Continue reading
It’s been just over a day since I broke the news that Amazon had a Netflix style ebook service in the works. We still haven’t gotten a comment from Amazon, but both of Amazon’s smaller competitors have commented on Kindle Unlimited.
The comments are pro forma, but they still say more than the loud silence coming out of Seattle. Continue reading