Category Archives: ebook subscription

Skoobe Adds Self-Published Titles

41a-Uz2dUtL._SL500_AA300_[1]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

Japan’s Ameba Social Network Launches a Subscription Manga Service

13015293053_574a76b296_c[1]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

Oyster Launches New App, Brings eBook Reading to the Web

oyster web appThe 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

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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited, Will Take it International in September

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

Oyster, Scribd Comment on Kindle Unlimited

kindle unlimitedIt’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

Scribd Launches Semi-Functional App for Windows RT, Windows Phone

scribd[1]Scribd’s brass band must be on vacation at the moment, because last week they launched a couple new reading apps with no fanfare (or at least I missed it).

This blogger belatedly learned yesterday (via WPCentral) that last week Scribd released apps for both Windows RT/8 and for Windows Phone. Continue reading

Blloon Wants to Bring a Netflix-Style eBook Service to eBook Readers

RTEmagicC_hero-teaser_smaller.jpg[1]The world’s most secretive ebook startup broke cover again today with a few new details about their service.

Blloon, which I had previously reported as being a new service from the German ebook company txtr, is actually an independent project . It’s a new company which is being launched by some of the team behind txtr, and when its service goes live this summer it intends to offer readers a subscription ebook service with a catalog of around a million titles. Continue reading

Txtr to Launch a Million Title eBook Subscription Service This Summer

Bildschirmfoto-2014-06-30-um-14.56.50-220x125[1]It looks like the hype surrounding Scribd and Oyster has inspired another ebook company to get into the ebook subscription market.

Late last week txtr, the Berlin-based ebook subsidiary of 3M, pulled the covers off of Blloon, their newest service. When it launches into beta this summer, Blloon will offer readers in the US and UK a completely free reading option. Continue reading

Bookmate’s Subscription Reading Service Explained (video)

bookmate logoUnless you’ve been following international ebook news (or reading this blog) you might not have heard of Bookmate. Primarily focused in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the third world, Bookmate is a lesser known competitor to Scribd and Oyster which offers a subscription ebook service in primarily markets rife with piracy. Continue reading

Scribd Inks Deal With Connu, Oyster Releases Update for iOS App

oyster logoScribd and Oyster are the two leading competitors in the subscription ebook market, and they announced news this week.

In addition to Oyster’s new app for Android, it also released a new version of its app for iPad and iPhone earlier this week. And in related news, Scribd has signed a deal with the literary site Connu for exclusive content. Continue reading