Libraries Dominate eBook Subscription Market
Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, and Oyster are all eBook services aping the Netflix style, providing users with unlimited access to eBook libraries for a monthly fee.
Turns out that while all this was going on, your local librarian hasn't been sitting around, reading romance novels and waiting to tear off her glasses to become a supermodel with very poor vision (or whatever your misguided fantasy about librarians might be).
Even though most subscription eBook services are well-established, and in the case of Kindle Unlimited, backed by the mighty might of Amazon.com, it turns out that the humble local library is still your best bet when it comes to eBook services, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal.
Let's look at prices.
Kindle Unlimited: $9.99/mo.
Library eBook services: FREE.
Now, it's a normal expectation that library services be free, however it's not always common that those services are actually superior in terms of selection as well.
After examining various lists, The Wall Street Journal's 20 most recent bestselling eBooks in fiction and non-fiction, Amazon's Bbook bestsellers from the last three years, and even Stephen King's 10 favorite books, the library came out ahead in all three in terms of title availability. Allow me to reiterate. The typical library has more titles from Amazon's list of top eBooks than Kindle Prime, Amazon's own service.
The downside is that library software can be a bit on the dodgy side, and a user seeking an eBook might find himself on a wait list. But if you're looking for the economical choice and don't mind a wait, drop in on your local library.
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