Subscription Ebook Race Gets More Global

subscription ebooks Kindle Unlimited Bookmate Amazon ebooksThe Russia-based subscription ebook service Bookmate adds 200,000 new English-language titles to its library in a series of six deals with distributors.

Bookmate is not thought to be as big a player as Oyster, Scribd or Kindle Unlimited among English readers, but the move positions it to better compete with them as the subscription landscape evolves internationally.

Bookmate expanded into Singapore in September last year, in a first push into Asian ebook markets. Kindle Unlimited already operates in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, in addition to the U.S. And at Digital Book World 2015 last week, Oyster confirmed the company will be launching overseas in the coming year.


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