eBook users have any number of options for keeping their libraries in the cloud, including Dropbox and other cloud storage services.
Niche cloud storage services are still relatively rare, however, but one did cross my desk this week.
Specially designed to support DRM-free e-books, Libreture keeps your books safe, lets you organise them into reading lists, and download them directly to your reading device whenever you like.
You can keep track of where you bought each book, and share that information with others.
- Upload and automatically catalogue all your DRM-free e-books.
- Organise your library into handy reading lists.
- Share your reading lists to help others find DRM-free books.
- Explore other users' libraries to widen your horizons.
- Download your next To Be Read to any device.
Libreture costs £3 a month, making it a cheaper alternative to its larger and less focused competitors.
It looks like this could be a great option for those who want their ebook library in the cloud but lack the inclination or skill to DIY, but I don't know that I can recommend it.
The thing about these niche online services - particularly ebook storage services - is that they tend not to last. I can think of at least 4 similar services that launched in the past five years, and I have written about two of them.
None of them are still in operation.
Clearly this is not a niche with a future.