While running eBook titles the past few days trying to find eBooks to buy on Amazon or through Barnes and Noble, I’ve noticed paid ads that say, “Oyster” and “Scribd” are a “Netflix for Books.” While a good description to help me understand the concept I think about things like how Netflix trades their titles in and out at random, without advance warning. I mean, heaven on earth generally doesn’t mean my reading habits are getting fed.Are Oyster and Scribd really worth checking out?
Oyster Books (currently Apple only)
But after seeing ads repeatedly, I visited the Oyster site who offers a monthly subscription for $9.95. Grinning widely, I try to search for books on the Oyster Books. I smile a bit less. The categories and picks that Oyster is showing as “Oyster Picks” I am either not interested in or have already read. The categories are hard for a non-fiction reader. Where do I find personal finance? There is a section in business that says for a broke student or a millionaire, but I couldn’t find the type of personal finance I was looking for.
The Oyster Library Categories are Featured, Biography, Business, Children’s, Fiction and Literature, History, Politics and Social Science, Religion and Spirituality, Romance, Self-Improvement, Sports, Technology and Science and Young Adult. I didn’t find a handy FAQ section. Oyster does have a strong social media set-up.
Scribd available on Apple and Google Play
I headed over to Scribd who also offering eBook subscriptions for $8.95 a month. I easily found a list of FAQ. At the top of the page before I had to sign in there was a browse button with a drop down arrow. I clicked on the arrow and when the categories popped up, I saw one close to what I wanted. After showing me a few books, it gave me the option to load more. I saw a lot that I wanted to read about 3 mores later. There also was a search box that worked well for me.
Once I started browsing for books, it was like crack for me to just be able to search for books I wanted to read. Scribed categories are Biography and Memoir, Business and Economics, Cooking, Fantasy, Fiction and LIterature, History, Hobbies, Crafts and Home, Mystery, Romance, Social Science, Travel and Young Adult and Children’s.
Scribd also offers books for sale, one can include them or not when you are viewing the Scribd library.
Scribd or Oyster? Your Choice
What I liked about both subscription eBook programs, is that there were hundreds of books in the category I want to devour that I have never seen in my bookstore nor have they been mentioned on the Internet. I found the apps to be easy to use.Through these services I can discover more authors that I like and books out on subjects that I now have a better opportunity to read. No longer do I have to be a slave to other people’s thoughts and opinions through a best sellers list.
I have chosen to go with Scribd as I could find many books that I want to read in categories that were helpful to me.
There is also Entitle but it is more of a book purchasing service. (available for Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook and Kobo.)
Is anyone using the Oyster or Scribd eBook subscription services?