National Geographic Titles Now Available From Scribd’s Ebook Subscription Service
Late yesterday, Scribd, a major player in the “all you can read” ($8.99/month) ebook subscription biz, announced that they’ve just added some of National Geographic’s “most popular” titles to their collection. Included in the NG collection on Scribd are titles for kids from the National Geographic Kids Chapters series.
This intro Scribd blog post includes a mention of a few NG books that are available. The post mentions books by Buzz Aldrin, Winston Groom, Dan Buettner, and Cesar Millan.
Notes From Gary Price, Founder/Editor of infoDOCKET
1. Three months ago Oyster, another major player in the “all you can read” ebook subscription word ($9.95/month) added titles from National Geographic to their service. Our post from May 16, 2014 is available here.
2. After the launch of the Kindle Unlimited service a few weeks ago I noticed a bunch of people in the library world saying that the Unlimited service only offered 600,000 titles.
To cast Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, or Oyster aside because of the amount of ebooks they offer today is silly. All of these services and likely others that will emerge (look for services focusing on specific genres or interests) will expand quickly. As we all know, it’s not a good idea to judge a book by it’s cover. The same is true here. Don’t judge the service(s) by the total number of ebooks they offer today. That number will be different (larger) in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Consider how these services will appear in the next 3-5 years and longer is a much better idea. Of course, also consider the publishers and titles available. Are they books people want to read?
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.