It’s no secret I’m a bookworm. I love the smell of books, the weight of holding books, dog-eared pages, margin notes, well you get the idea. I also know that when we go on vacation or take day trips, dragging along books is space consuming and I often end up with nothing to read because I read so quickly. In the last couple of years, I’ve begun to transit to e-books. Now finally, two companies, Oysterbooks and Scribd, have started a subscription service similar to Netflix but for books. They cost $9.95 or $8.99 US respectively a month and for that price you can read unlimited books with either service. Both service come with a one month trial for free and have a wide variety of books.
Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities end. Oysterbooks is far too limited in it’s usefulness and scope. For unfathomable reasons, Oysterbooks is only available to ipad and iphone users. If you use a PC or an Android device, Oysterbooks is unusable. Oh I get that there are plenty of lemmings in the sea that drool over the crap Apple produces (*waves to parents*) but why would any corporation so limit their potential audience? Oysterbooks continually promises an Android release but I’ve been waiting over six months and so far, no Android release. I’m sorry but programming for Android and Windows users isn’t rocket science. Scribd is available on all platforms and the web, so there is no limited market user base.
Scribd is also much more user friendly. It is possible in Scribd to easily search on an authors name and to favorite an author. I found this impossible on Oysterbooks. I also find the overall diversity of reading material to be vastly improved on Scribd, from well known authors to authors trying to find their niche in the market. Scribd also has a searchable database of documents, where I’ve found gems like The Snowflower Diaries charts.
If I’m going to continue to challenge myself to find and read unknown authors, then I’ll be reading samples on my Nook and Kindle apps and then reading the books on Scribd. If I find authors who write well thought out novels with characters that are worth investing time and money, then future books I’ll purchase. Without Scribd, I don’t know that I would have stumbled upon the charts from Snowflower Diaries or her amazing charity work in Hungary. And wow, she just released a new sampler and I think I must purchase it! LOL
Overall, I highly recommend Scribd. It has more to offer and for less than the competition. You can take your books anywhere, use any device, and never run out of things to discover and read. Nothing beats holding a real book, but for the cost of a paperback you can get unlimited books a month. Don’t get me wrong, every book published isn’t available on either service but I’ve found more authors than not that I want to read are available on Scribd. Thus I’m happy. So, I’m off to discover a new author on Scribd how about you?