New Deals around Subscription Content

Playster Librify Findaway Scribd subscription ebooks audiobooksTwo deals announced yesterday reflect some of the changes afoot in the market for subscription ebooks.

Newcomer Playster, whose app is still in beta, adds 50,000 audiobooks to its subscription catalog through a partnership with the digital content distributor Findaway. And separately Scribd announces it’s acquired the social e-reading platform Librify.

Both moves can be seen as efforts to develop the most robust possible content offering and e-reading experience for subscribers in a market whose contours are shifting.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited rolled out a new royalty model just last week. Meanwhile, Scribd and Playster remain confident that multiple forms of media can coexist on the same platform, while competitors bet otherwise. Oyster, in the ebooks-only camp, has launched an ebookstore alongside its subscription catalog and added light-sensitive technology to improve night reading.

More on the latest two deals here and here.

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