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Old 04-17-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Get three free months of unlimited e-books from Scribd

As found on the CNET Cheapskate blog (http://www.cnet.com/news/get-three-f...s-from-scribd/)

I've yet to try it, but with three months free I may

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Last October, Scribd joined the likes of Entitle and Oyster in offering an all-you-can-read, flat-rate subscription service -- a kind of "Netflix for e-books."

Normally it costs $8.99 per month, though you can try it free for 30 days. Now, however, thanks to a promotion with More Magazine, you can get a free Scribd subscription for three months .

Because I suspect some of you will object to this, let me state right up front that you'll need to provide a credit card (or PayPal account). I know: outrageous! But consider: Most other companies have the same requirement for a trial subscription, including Netflix, Hulu, Spotify...shall I go on?

The key thing to remember is your card won't be charged if you cancel within that free 90 days. Obviously Scribd hopes you won't, hence the extra trial bait.

The service currently touts some 300,000 books in its library. You can access any and all of them via your Web browser or Android or iOS device. Scribd also introduced a Kindle fire app a couple months back.

I'm keen to hear what you think of this. I'm all over the idea of unlimited e-books, especially if I can share an account with family members. But most of the subscription services I've tried (this one included) have too limited a selection. Indeed, it reminds me of the Kindle Lending Library that's included with Amazon Prime: not enough stuff worth reading.

But, hey, you've got 90 no-obligation days to plumb the depths of Scribd's catalog. Just remember to mark your calendar a few days ahead of the end so you remember to cancel. Unless, of course, you've fallen in love with it. Could happen.

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Old 04-17-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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FWIW I have really enjoyed the service, & it has seriously reduced my ebook hoarding. Now before I buy a book just because it is $1.99 & I might want to read it one day, I check to see if it is on Scribd first. I haven't been sucked into the Avon romance sales in months. They have also added bookmarking, and dictionary support to the app in the past few weeks which has been nice.

If you are on the fence, you can browse the library before you even sign up.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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Indeed, it reminds me of the Kindle Lending Library that's included with Amazon Prime: not enough stuff worth reading.


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To dart off at a tangent, this strikes me as a very odd comment. The Kindle Lending Library is huge and since you can only borrow one book a month you are unlikely to run out. Its problem IMO is poor value especially now the price has gone up.
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Is there anyplace to see a text listing of their books? All I can access on their web site is slow-scrolling of cover art, and if what I see is all of their library, it's almost not even worth free (having to use a dedicated app is a pain).
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Is there anyplace to see a text listing of their books? All I can access on their web site is slow-scrolling of cover art, and if what I see is all of their library, it's almost not even worth free (having to use a dedicated app is a pain).
Here is a link to "Browse Books". This will allow you to browse by genre or search for specific titles, authors, or publishers. You should have access to the samples as well.

If you want to find it yourself, it is located at the bottom of the desktop site on the left side. On the mobile site, click the lines at the top left to activate a drop down menu. This will allow you to browse or search.

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Here is a link to "Browse Books". This will allow you to browse by genre or search for specific titles, authors, or publishers. You should have access to the samples as well.

If you want to find it yourself, it is located at the bottom of the desktop site on the left side. On the mobile site, click the lines at the top left to activate a drop down menu. This will allow you to browse or search.

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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I just installed the app and it has very large margins and double spacing with no way to change that I could find. I use a large font size so this gives me very little text per page. Not worth it even for free.
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This would be a great service if it could be used on Kobo or other such eReaders. You have to have a tablet or read on your computer to use this service.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:36 PM   #9
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I just installed the app and it has very large margins and double spacing with no way to change that I could find. I use a large font size so this gives me very little text per page. Not worth it even for free.
Yes, and no way to indent paragraphs. And only two fonts. So I won't keep it beyond the trial.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:57 PM   #10
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Does anyone see how long we can keep the books?

And for me, being able to borrow more than one book at a time makes it way better than the Kindle library.
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Does anyone see how long we can keep the books?

And for me, being able to borrow more than one book at a time makes it way better than the Kindle library.
I can't find that info anywhere, but I would assume as long as you have a paid subscription you can keep it checked out.

They have a nice selection, I see a lot of scifi books that aren't available in my state's ebook library, but having to use a special app makes it unappealing to me.
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for your reply.

I guess the app thing doesn't bother me. You have to use the Kindle app on anything except a Kindle, a Nook app on anything else - shrug.
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for your reply.

I guess the app thing doesn't bother me. You have to use the Kindle app on anything except a Kindle, a Nook app on anything else - shrug.
I don't like the app thing overall, but if there were options to make a book readable for me I might give it a shot anyway.

Kindle and Nook books can have the drm stripped so you can use a different app or device, but I don't think you can do that here.
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This would be a great service if it could be used on Kobo or other such eReaders. You have to have a tablet or read on your computer to use this service.
Dealbreaker. I don't want to read on the computer screen, I don't own a tablet; my smartphone screen is too small to read on except in a pinch. Oh well.
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I guess the app thing doesn't bother me. You have to use the Kindle app on anything except a Kindle, a Nook app on anything else - shrug.
I'm just picky about my reading app, I actually read everything in my Kindle app on my tablet. That may be because my first tablet was a Kindle Fire and so the Kindle app there was my baseline to go by. I've tried other reader apps and so far none of them satisfy me, the largest issue is the fonts available. I may still give Scribd's a try though, I'm just not optimistic about it with people reporting very few customization options.

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I don't like the app thing overall, but if there were options to make a book readable for me I might give it a shot anyway.

Kindle and Nook books can have the drm stripped so you can use a different app or device, but I don't think you can do that here.
I do that, I strip the DRM and convert if I have to and I already looked and could find nothing to strip the DRM from Scribd's stuff. It's probably because that would be too much like out-right piracy and not format shifting.
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