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Discuss: Have You Tried eBook Subscription Services?

With so many eBook subscription services being launched, I wondered if they’re really useful for YA book readers. I’ve previously reviewed the Oyster app here.

Discuss: Yay or Nay, eBook Subscription Services

So that’s got me wondering…

ebook subscription services

Have you tried an eBook subscription service? How is the selection of YA books? If you don’t have a subscription, would you ever consider getting one?

eBook Subscription Services on the Market

As far as I know, these popular eBook subscription services are currently available:

  • Scibd – Costs $8.99 per month
  • Oyster – Costs $9.95 per month
  • 24 Symbols – Has a free and a premium version
  • Huffier Service for UK readers. Still in beta testing
  • Entitle – Includes different plans, but the least expensive is $14.99 for two ebooks a month (pricey!)

The Pros

I have only done free trials of services like Oyster and Scribd (currently using and a full review is to come). The pros are that they both offer a wide array of bestsellers and various genres. Plus, both have apps that allow for reading books on the go.

If you are a fast reader who likes books in many different genres, a service like this would be a good option to at least test.

The Cons

For genre-specific readers like many of us, the selection can be frustratingly limited on eBook subscription services. They’re not always the most recently published books or the most popular.

Plus, if you don’t read as quickly as some speed-readers, the service won’t end up paying for itself.

Tell me your thoughts on ebook subscription services!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Crystal Fulcher

    I’m currently on my 3rd or 4th month of Scribd and love it. I’m a fast-reader, looking for earlier books in various series and older books. I don’t mind that they don’t have the books from the past year available, a lot of those I can get from my library or will buy. But I wanted to read the Pretty Little Liars series and it was on there. I have branched to several other YA series that I started and forgot about along with some adult authors I wanted to try. For me it has been well-worth the subscription fee. I wanted to try Oyster, but since it’s currently limited to Apple products I was out of luck. So for me it’s Scribd all the way!

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  • Personally, I’ve not really felt a need to utilize ebook subscription services. My library has a wonderful selection of ebooks on Overdrive. YA books alone number close to 3,700. General fiction altogether offers more than 36,000 books! As long as my library keeps adding books via Overdrive, I don’t see a need for ebook subscription services. On the other hand, there are libraries that are very limited in their Overdrive selection or rarely are up to date. In those cases, I can see why subscription services might offer interesting alternatives.

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