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Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty

Review » With ample selection of titles, Oyster and Scribd likely to satisfy more dedicated readers.



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If you read just one book a month, you’re probably better off buying it — typically for less than the monthly subscription price. You own the book outright that way, and the selection is better. With Oyster and Scribd, access to the books ends once you cancel your subscription, which you can do anytime.

If you read two or three books a month, consider a discount e-book service. With Entitle, for instance, you get two e-books a month for $10, and you own them forever.

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Oyster and Scribd are good if you read three or more books, or if you like to sample — start several books before deciding which ones interest you enough to finish.

In a sense, these services aren’t like Netflix because it takes longer to finish a book. You can get your money’s worth watching 10 hours of Netflix on a single weekend. Those 10 hours might be enough time for just one or two books.

Both services offer the first month free so you can see for yourself how much you can read. A good time to try is when you’re heading to the beach for the week.




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