Top 5 E-Book Services

E-books are digital books that can be downloaded onto a wide variety of devices to read anywhere. They are excellent for spending some free time sitting at home, on your morning commute or waiting for an appointment. Instead of buying individual books, you now have the option of subscribing to the top e-book services where you can read as many books as you want for a monthly fee.

1. Kindle Unlimited

This is the e book subscription service run by Amazon, the giant web retailer that started the e-book revolution in the first place. This is a separate service from Amazon Prime. It grants access to over a million major and indie titles so you can find and fall in love with your next great read. Its major downside is that it only includes books that have been made available on Kindle Unlimited, not every e-book on Amazon. In addition to e-books, the service grants access to unlimited audiobooks as well. You can try Kindle Unlimited with a month-long free trial before it begins costing $9.99 per month.

2. Scribd

Scribd is another of the top e-book services and is described as having an ebook library in your pocket. It grants access to thousands of best-selling and independent books as well as audiobooks, magazines, and even other documents like academic papers and court filings as well. This makes it a good choice if you are an academic researcher or a student who might benefit from access to these materials. Scribd also offers a month-long free trial and after that is costs $9.99 per month.

3. Epic Books

Epic Books is an e book subscription service that specializes in children's books. It offers access to over 35,000 books, educational quizzes and learning videos geared towards kids aged 12 or under, with their library organized by age group. They even have materials available in Spanish. You can try free e books through them for 30 days and pay $7.99 per month after. If you are not an educator or do not have young children, however, this might not be the best option for you.

4. Reading IQ

Like Epic Books, Reading IQ is intended for children aged 2-12. They feature some of the most popular brands from publishers such as Highlights, National Geographic, Disney, and old favorites like The Boxcar Children. They also offer free e books for a month before it costs $7.99 monthly to use the service. Reading IQ gives you the option to subscribe annually which can save up to 58% on your subscription.

5. Bookmate

Finally, there is Bookmate. Bookmate brands itself as a social e book subscription service where you can get reading suggestions from friends, experts and other book lovers. If Bookmate doesn't have a book you are looking for, you can upload it in FB2 or EPUB format to start reading. One of this service's biggest advantages is its large ebook library of foreign language books, with available languages currently being Spanish, Russian, Turkish, and Swedish in addition to English. It is largely limited to Android and Apple mobile devices. It costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually and does not offer a free trial.