Discuss: Have You Tried eBook Subscription Services?

Discuss: Have You Tried eBook Subscription Services?

Posted by: Lisa Parkin January 25, 2014 4 Comments

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…


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!