With library lending and services like Kindle Unlimited and Scribd, it’s possible to literally read all day every day without ever purchasing a book.
I guess that’s not much different then borrowing paper books from the library, but with ebooks you don’t have to leave the house to check them out or return them.
That’s one advantage with ebooks compared to paper books, but not all books are available in library lending programs like OverDrive and through all-you-can-read services like Kindle Unlimited and Scribd.
However, some people are willing to accept this limitation, and can get along just fine only borrowing books instead of buying them. Some think people are crazy for buying ebooks they can read for free through the library, but others would rather own ebooks instead of borrowing them.
What about you? Do you prefer to use the library or a subscription service to get ebooks or would you rather buy ebooks instead?
I used to think borrowing ebooks was the way to go, because after finishing a book I usually don’t have any interest in going back to it for a long time, but ultimately I think I’d rather buy ebooks that are reasonably priced at a few bucks. Unfortunately that’s seldom the case with many authors and publishers, but sometimes you can find some good sales if you’re patient.
I guess a lot of it depends on how much you read. If you’re a heavy reader you can get a lot more out of subscription services and library lending; if you only read one or two books a month you might be better off buying them instead.
You can borrow ebooks from local public libraries for free, but that’s not something that’s available to everyone everywhere. Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month and a Scribd membership costs $11.99 per month.
I think subscription services would be more popular if the selection wasn’t so limited. If all ebooks were available to borrow through a subscription service then I think a lot more people would be onboard with borrowing over buying.