This San Francisco startup offers a similar service as Oyster with its “Netflix/Hulu” system, but offers books over a wider range of devices. With a lower price of $8.99 per month, Scribd users get access to over 300,000 books from over 900 publishers on any or all devices from iPhones and iPads to Kindles and Androids. Scribd also allows readers to download books in order to keep reading while offline.
Scribd goes beyond the traditional target market of readers, marketing itself to authors and publishers as well. The startup also differentiates itself by offering a unique revenue model for publishers. Scribd tracks its readers’ activity and uses that data to pay publishers when their books are read. With this model, Scribd goes beyond revolutionizing the way readers read by changing the game for authors and publishers alike.
Now, any avid reader will likely agree that sometimes there is just no replacing a new book or browsing through an actual bookstore. But one thing is certain: the face of publishing is changing. Physical books and bookstores may never actually become a thing of the past, but as these startups are so clearly showing, e-books are here to stay.