Posted by Morgan DeBoest
It’s a widely accepted fact that Netflix is a beautiful thing. Have you ever wished you could have the convenience of a subscription movie service in other aspects of your life? That’s now a reality in the literary world thanks to Scribd (check out what they’re saying on Twitter here).
Scribd, you say? Yes, you may or may not use the largest library of e-books already. Scribd is about to launch a “full-fledged subscription service for e-books and other written works,” according to Mashable. Many e-book companies have been vying to be the first to offer this sort of subscription book service–one of these is Oyster, an iPhone and iPod touch-friendly app boasting over 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month. Scribd is unveiling what will hopefully end up becoming a mainstream commodity–over 25 million ebooks and documents at just $8.99 per month.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, “In addition to offering ‘a majority’ of the HarperCollins backlist (titles go up to mid-2012), Scribd’s subscription service at launch will offer titles from a wide variety of independent houses such as Rosetta Books, Barrett-Kohler, Sourcebooks, Workman, Kensington and E-Reads.” Follow Publishers Weekly (and keep up with e-book subscription developments) here.
Would you use Scribd’s subscription service? What would determine what service you use? Does online convenience trump the need for renting free library books?