Scribd released an infographic yesterday showing they now have 300,000 titles in their subscription service. That’s second only to Kindle’s Online Lending Library (part of Amazon Prime). For $8.95 a month, you have full access to books from HarperCollins, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman along with independent titles from Smashwords. And, you can read these books on your iOS or Android devices as well as in your browser.
Scribd’s subscription service works much differently than the Kindle service in that there’s no check in/out. You can be reading as many books as you want as long as you want. Right now I’ve got about a dozen cookbooks on my reading “shelf” along with several mysteries (all my favorite British mystery authors are here!), a couple of craft books and several genealogy books.
The apps don’t have any annotation features – something I do miss. I would like to be able to bookmark an interesting recipe in a cookbook or view highlights and notes from a reference book. Hopefully, these will come soon. In the meantime, I’m never at a loss for something interesting to read and once I’ve passed the halfway mark in any book, that author gets compensated at the same level as when that book is sold.