E-Book Throwdown: Which Digital Library Service is Right for You?
April 17, 2015 - Kindle Unlimited
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E-book subscription use Scribd (you know, a Netflix for e-books) usually beefed adult a audiobook library. Today, they announced a partnership Penguin Random House Audio, that will enhance their audiobook collection by 9,000 titles (bringing a service’s grand audiobook sum to some-more than 45,000). The new audiobooks embody Gone Girl, Game of Thrones, Runaway Jury, The Help, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, and Fifty Shades of Grey—which, thankfully, is not narrated by Gilbert Gottfried, nonetheless several celebrities have lent their voices to many of a new offerings. With this expansion, how does Scribd smoke-stack adult opposite a competitors? Here’s a demeanour during a tip e-book and audiobook services, what they cost, and what we get with each—plus a winning pick.
Oyster Unlimited • $9.95 per month
Oyster Unlimited grants subscribers entrance to over one million e-books and gives a choice to buy titles that aren’t nonetheless enclosed in a giveaway library. The user interface is streamlined and simple, and a calm includes books from 3 of a large 5 publishers (Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Simon Schuster). The downside is that a use does not yield audiobooks and, as of yet, has no skeleton to supplement them.
Kindle Unlimited • $9.99 per month
The redheaded stepchild of a Kindle store, Kindle Unlimited boasts entrance to some-more than 800,000 e-book titles (though we won’t find e-books from any of a large 5 publishers on this comparatively new, user-unfriendly service). Many of a books do have an audiobook option, and sure, we get Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, though a free-with-subscription offerings are differently disappointing. If it’s a counterintuitive interface and singular options that you’re looking for, afterwards this use is for you—otherwise, drive transparent until Amazon gets their act together. Which, vocalization of Amazon…
Audible • $14.95 per month
When it comes to audiobooks, Audible is by distant a frontrunner, with over 180,000 titles during subscribers’ fingertips. The downside: we usually get one audiobook per month (two if you’re peaceful to plate out a monthly cost of $22.95). The upside: a books are yours to keep, and we get 30 percent off of additional books if we wish to buy more. The cost is small high and it’s grievous to be singular to one book per month, though readers with low pockets will conclude carrying such a listener-friendly preference on their several commutes.
Scribd • $8.99 per month
Scribd is a lot like Oyster. It too gives we total entrance to over one million titles, including books from Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Simon Schuster. On tip of that, we get 10,000 comics and striking novels from a likes of Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant (sorry Batman fans, no DC). Audiobooks are a topping on a cake—especially now, with a inclusion of titles from Penguin Random House. Yes, their audiobook library is a entertain a distance of Audible’s, though we aren’t singular to one book a month (plus, it’s cheaper). Subscribing to Scribd is arrange of like selling during Trader Joes: we might not find each product we want, though it certain as ruin is convenient, inexpensive, and officious delectable. And with a 30-day trial, we can even have samples.
So, who wins a e-book throwdown? Our collect is Scribd. Happy reading (or listening).