This post is sponsored by Scribd, but the opinions contained herein are all mine.
There are purists out there who want books only to exist in musty paper form, but I am not among them. I love books, sure. I love them so much that I purchase too many of them. Periodically I must purge my collection and it pains me to do so. And so I fully embraced the ebook concept from the beginning, mostly because I knew that if I didn’t find some alternative, we’d eventually have no space left.
It turns out I love ebooks for much more than their space-saving benefits. I love being able to click on a word and find out what it means. (Infinite Jest would have been a much more frustrating experience without it. Flipping back and forth between the book and a dictionary, like a savage.) I love having a selection of books at my disposal when I’m stuck on the subway, or when I’m going on vacation and don’t feel like checking a suitcase full of books. I especially love that the instant gratification of waiting .00002 seconds (approximately) from the moment I decide I must read a book to the moment I start reading it.
That instant-gratification aspect can really backfire, however, if I were to spend $9.99 every few days, which I would certainly do, if I had an ounce less self-control. And now Henry has an ebook reader as well, so between the two of us, we could do a lot of damage to our bank account. And our library’s ebook selection is spotty at best.
When Scribd asked if I wanted to check out its subscription service, I was all over it. For $8.99 a month you get unlimited access to over 100K books from over 900 publishers. You can sync across devices: so if I start reading a book on my iPad, I can continue it on my iPhone at the page I left it. (The Scribd app is also available for IOS, Android, and the Nook.) You can download the books to read offline. Experience-wise, it’s identical to my Kindle or iBook apps, except I’m not spending crazy amounts of money.
I’ve been trying out Scribd for a few weeks, and I’m a fan. Right now I’ve got Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Lit by Mary Karr, and Shakespeare by Bill Bryson downloaded on my phone, and there are fifteen more titles saved to my personal library. There are a ton of young-adult titles as well, which I am about to make Henry check out before he downloads another book without telling me.
Scribd is offering Finslippy readers a special deal of three months free when you subscribe. (That deal expires on 12/31.) You can also give a Scribd subscription to the reader(s) in your life. Their gift e-cards are pretty great. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Wait, and this one: