January 23, 2022

Roundup: More All You Can Read (Netflix-Like) eBook Subscription Services Launching

The number of all you can read ebook services (aka Netflix or Spotify-like) available around the globe continue to grow.

First, word that a new ebook subscription service service is coming to the Netherlands.

From Telecompaper:

Dutch publishers in the Netherlands and Flanders are planning to launch an e-book streaming service this year, writes NRC Handelsblad.


The service will offer new titles at the same time as their print publication, and authors will receive compensation based on how often and how long their digital books are read.

Here’s the NRC Handelsblad article mechanically translated using Google Translate.

… project manager Lisa van den Herik that the service contract by the publishers WPG and Lannoo Meulenhoff intent. These two major publishing companies, which includes publishers such as The Busy Bee, Bruna, Meulenhoff Boekerij and Querido, representing almost half of the Dutch e-book market.

A New E-Book Lending Service From Public Libraries in the Netherlands

We posted about it a few weeks ago.

Here’s one of the key features:

This new service from the libraries will allow members to read e-books without restriction so that more than one person can read the same e-book at the same time

The service is launching with about 5,000 titles.

In Germany

Note: Translations of material from German to English via Google Translate

10 days ago Readfy, an ebook subscription service launched (an open beta) in Germany.

Readfy currently offers access to more than 15,000 titles and plans to offer 30,000 books by the end of 2014.

Readfy offers three subscription plans:

1. Free Access to Ebooks (Subscribers Must View Ads)

2. 4,99 €/month (with Fewer Ads)($6.84/USD)

3. 9,99 €/month (Ad-Free)($13.69/USD)

Learn More in this Interview with Readfy’s Marketing and PR Manager (German, Translation via Google Translate)

Video Interview and Demo with Company Leaders (in German; via Buchreport.de)

Other ebook subscription services operating in Europe include

  • 24Symbols (based in Spain and operating since 2011) and Skoobe (based in Germany).

See Also: Oyster (an Ebook Subscription Service in the U.S.) Adds Disney Titles & Launches Collection of Kids eBooks (February 12, 2014)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.