Ownership was yesterday; use is today. With this logic, more and more industries are switching to a subscription model, which not only applies to music and films but also e-books now. What Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Spotify have already offered is available from many booksellers. As is so often the case, the pioneer was the online retailer Amazon. Subscriptions to e-books are particularly interesting for frequent readers since they have the opportunity to read their way through a gigantic library, with a chance to discover new authors.
E-books are often compatible with a wide variety of devices. You can read your books on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, this also works on classic e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle. Almost all providers also allow their customers to try the service free of charge for up to 30 days. This gives book lovers the chance to browse the library and then decide. At the same time, you can easily cancel the subscription every month.
Kindle Unlimited Has the Largest Selection
Numerous providers vie for customers. At the forefront, of course, is Kindle Unlimited, Amazon group’s e-book subscription. It offers an unbelievable 1.5 million reads and you can read as many books as you want at the same time. The selection is not limited to English, it also includes numerous foreign languages. If you want to gain access to the full library, there is a 10 Euros subscription fee.
On the other hand, the Amazon Prime subscription costs 69 Euros per year or 7.99 Euros if you only choose it for one month. That also applies if you did not register with Amazon Prime. On top of that, Amazon customers can find thousands of books to read for free. These are mainly literary classics, unprotected by copyright, since their authors died 70 or more years ago. Many of these books are among the most often read on Amazon.
Alternatives Are Cheaper
E-library called Readfy is remarkably cheap. However, there are only 130,000 books in the electronic library. But their main argument is that they are all free. Sadly, readers will not find current titles or even bestsellers here, but they might discover numerous biographies, romance and fantasy novels. The books are free if you are connected to a network, but, if you want to be able to read the book offline, a small 30-day-fee is necessary.
Alternatively, there are services such as Legimi or Audible. Thousands of books are available as audiobooks in MP3 format there. The cost for these services starts at 2.99 Euros and go up to 10 Euros per month. You can also find plenty of e-books here. If all of this is too much money for you, you can first test individual providers for a month. However, you should note that downloaded books do not remain in possession of the customer without subscription and downloaded files are unavailable after the free period.