Would you pay up to $16 every month to read new bestsellers on your tablet or smartphone? StarHub yesterday launched a subscription-based e-book service in partnership with Russian-origin Bookmate. This comes two months after the local telco suspended Booktique, its online store which sold e-books individually to consumers. Rather than paying separately to download and read each e-book, Bookmate users pay a tiered fee to get online and offline access to up to 500,000 titles, mostly in English as well as in eight other languages, such as Russian and Bahasa Indonesia. A premium $15.98 monthly fee (or $14 for existing StarHub Hub ID users) lets readers download and read every book, such as the 2005 bestseller Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt. A standard fee of $9.98 ($8 for Hub ID users) will not grant access to the above, though popular novels, such as this year’s Man Booker- shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, are available. Bookmate can be used on personal computers, while smartphone apps for Android and Apple platforms are free from the Google Play store and App store. The catch is that once subscription elapses, readers can no longer… Read full this story
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