Scribd Burned by Kindle Fire?

scribdlogoThe recently launched subscription ebook service has launched a Kindle Fire reading app. One catch: Amazon isn’t making the app searchable in its app store. It can only be accessed through a direct link.

Perhaps Amazon is concerned with the 100,000 subscribers Scribd has attracted to its $8.99 per month all-you-can-eat ebook reading platform.

Scribd is still working to persuade most major publishers to distribute ebooks through the platform which now has more than 100,000-title. The Kindle app may strengthen its pitch.

Scribd is one of a handful of services, alongside Oyster, Entitle and 24symbols, to offer readers set-rate access to libraries of ebooks. Recently, a kids-ebook-focused player entered the market: Epic!

Scribd already offers iPhone and Android apps in addition to its browser-based platform. Does this mark a tipping point in the contest among subscription ebook services, or just the latest turn in an ongoing experiment?


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