My biggest vice, beyond collecting junk, is reading. My happy place is in a bubble bath with a good book and a mug of hot tea! The bad thing about this vice is that it can get expensive, REALLY expensive.
I used to practically live at the library, and I know that is the most economical solution. However. I got my first Kindle about five years ago, and you just can’t beat it for simplicity. Again, I know I should use the library to download books, but I end up wasting so much time searching, and then you have to get on a waiting list…I need instant gratification.
Imagine my joy when I discovered that there are services that are like Netflix, but for books! You pay one flat fee a month, and read all you want! No, you can’t get every book you want, but there is still a huge selection.
I started out with Scribd, Oyster and Amazon Unlimited. I have already cancelled Oyster. You just have to decide which one, or ones, suit your needs best!
Here are the quick facts:
PRICE: Kindle costs $9.99 a month, while Oyster costs $9.95 and Scribd $8.99. All three offer the first month free.
SELECTION: Kindle has the largest number of titles, with more than 600,000, compared with Oyster’s 500,000 and Scribd’s 400,000. However, only Oyster and Scribd have books from two of the largest publishers, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
LIMITS: You can read as many books as you want, but you can have only a certain number of titles downloaded at a time. For Kindle, it’s 10 per account. You have to “return” a book to get the 11th. Oyster allows 10 per device and Scribd allows 20 per device. With all three, you can read a book on up to six different devices.
DEVICES: All three work on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Scribd and Kindle also work on personal computers and Windows devices. Only Kindle supports webOS and BlackBerry and dedicated Kindle e-readers such as the Paperwhite.
EXTRAS: Kindle is alone in offering free audiobooks as part of the subscription, with a selection of 2,000 from Amazon’s Audible business. Subscribers also get a three-month trial to Audible, which offers one book a month from a larger library.
Here is what I have been downloading and reading this week…