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Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask
July 2, 2015 | 12:28 pm

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If you listen to Hugh Howey, it is. Howey holds that the overall effect of the change is really not as bad as people think. It might have been that KU under the old system was weighted in favor of short story...

My Perspective on Scribd’s Announcement Of Removing Romance Titles
July 1, 2015 | 10:30 am

scribd logo subscription servicesFile this under "We had to know this was coming." Susan's already covered the main points of this story, but as the resident Scribd fan, I felt like I had to say something. As much as I love the service, I have been concerned all along about the sustainability of their business model. The recent announcement confirms the concern is justified. Last year, I was reading reviews of Scribd on various romance sites and all of them said basically the same thing: "All you can read romance? Sign me up!" I've always been curious about the percentage of Scribd subscribers who signed up...

Scribd to cut romance and erotica titles from its catalog
July 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

scribd logo subscription servicesThe ebook subscription model seems to have hit a bump. According to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, Scribd is cutting its romance and erotica catalog. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most popular romance titles. Books priced at free are safe and will remain in their catalog. The reason? Romance and erotica readers are devouring these titles, and Scribd pays retailer-level margins for books. It seems Scribd cannot currently sustain this model since it has to pay authors when books are read. Scribd stated in a letter than the...

Why own media when you can rent the library?
April 30, 2015 | 2:51 pm

eatIs ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a small monthly fee. Amazon, Google, and Apple soon followed suit. Then came video, as the holy trinity of Netflix, Hulu, and (again) Amazon launched streaming video services for television and movies. Next, it moved into e-books, with Oyster, Scribd, and, yes, Amazon launching services. (Amazon doesn’t seem...

Exciting stuff from Scribd
April 16, 2015 | 8:15 am

scribdIt's been a pretty cool week for the folks at Scribd and those of us who love the service. They've added new content, and the latest updates to their app rock. Let's start with the new content. Honestly, I was shocked to get the advance press release that Scribd had landed some audiobook content from Penguin Random House. As the biggest of the Big Five, I thought they would be the last company to join a subscription service. (Now eyeing you, Hachette.) Granted, it's only 9,000 audiobooks, but still, I think it's a significant acquisition. Could we dream of some ebooks...

Comic books experience on Scribd
February 18, 2015 | 2:25 pm

comic booksOh the sacrifices I had to make to write this post. I had to actually read comic books. The pain and horror! Someone asked me recently if I'm a big comic book fan. The honest answer is, "no." I'd like to be a big fan, but I'm not willing to spend the money to support a comic habit. Which is why I was thrilled by last week's announcement that Scribd now has comic books. There are several series I've been wanting to read or re-read, but when it comes to entertainment dollars, books are usually a better value for me. Scribd takes that...

Scribd adds comic books
February 10, 2015 | 10:00 am

scribd does comicsFirst eBooks, then audiobooks, and now comic books. What's Scribd going to come up with next? For you comic book readers, starting today, comics from several publishers will be added. From the release: This offering represents the first time such a rich and varied selection of comics from some of the industry's top publishers – including Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant – have been made available in one unlimited digital subscription service. The selection includes fan favorites from Spider-Man to My Little Pony to X-O Manowar, and from Transformers to Archie, along with hit YA series such as...

Scribd signs new Big 5 publisher: Macmillan
January 13, 2015 | 9:15 am

scribdEveryone has said that for subscription services to succeed, they have to have more books everyone has heard of. The subtext of that statement is that they need to have more books by traditional publishing. Scribd has done a pretty good job until now, signing deals with HarperCollins, Wiley, Kensington, Simon & Schuster, Open Road Media and Harlequin. (Did I miss anyone?) Today they add a third "Big 5" publisher, Macmillan. We knew it was coming based on John Sargent's open letter from last month announcing their deal with Amazon. In that letter, Sargent said: In our search for new routes to market, we...

Review: Scribd update and audiobooks
November 17, 2014 | 2:30 pm

scribd book discoveryRecently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let's start with finding an audiobook. While I have never had a problem finding an eBook I wanted to read in Scribd, I feel like I struggle when looking for audiobooks. The site uses the same discovery system as with eBooks, and with over 30K audiobooks available, you'd think I'd be able to find something with ease. Not so much. Let me point...

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible
November 6, 2014 | 9:30 am

scribdScribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today's announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of...

Scribd announces one-year exclusive deal with Harlequin
October 2, 2014 | 9:05 am

scribd and harlequinRomance readers take note. Harlequin just signed a one-year exclusive subscription deal with Scribd. From the release: Scribd will be the exclusive subscription partner for 15,000 titles from Harlequin’s extensive backlist. Titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press, will be available through Scribd’s US $8.99 monthly subscription service and accessible on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet and web browsers. This is a great deal for romance readers, some of whom read multiple books in a day. But is it good for Scribd? First let's talk about that exclusivity deal....

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Want to try Scribd free for 3 months?
September 22, 2014 | 4:25 pm

scribd logoI've been a fan of Scribd since they started with ebook subscriptions last year. Even though I've also been impressed with Kindle Unlimited, Scribd remains my subscription service of choice for now. They recently updated both their Android and iOS apps with two-columns in landscape (long overdue!), and the apps now mimic the website redesign with new discoverability options. (And my library continues to grow--like I needed to discover more books!) While Scribd is not the best option if you like to read on an eInk device, it's pretty darned good if you don't mind reading on a phone or tablet. I've...

Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!
September 2, 2014 | 12:01 pm

scribdThe folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only finish fiction? That says something about how we read. And we definitely need more information about that fastest go-kart lap! Clearly there is a demand for eBook subscription services, and I am pleased to see that several competitors have now entered the marketplace. I think this is, for better or...

Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?
August 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

scribd logoI will have been a Scribd subscriber for a year in October, and I've noticed some interesting changes in my reading habits. If you're interested in how a subscription service affects book buying and reading, follow along. According to my Goodreads account, here's the important data: Since January 2014 Books read: 134 Books read through Scribd: 40 Purchased books read: 40 Library books read: 31 The remainder are a mix of review copies, Kindle Unlimited and free books. How is that different from previous years? Going back through my Amazon and B&N purchases from 2013, I'm buying more books books than last year. My library use fluctuates wildly...

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options
August 7, 2014 | 10:15 am

scribd logoScribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let's start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse experience brings the familiar elements of browsing a neighborhood bookstore into the digital realm, from personalized staff picks, to shelves for every category and special interest niche imaginable. I have to say they completely nailed this. The shelves are easy to browse, and the special niches were interesting. Mind you, not that finding more books to read...

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