Pros and cons of some e-book services


 E-book and audiobook lending service, available through most public library websites

 Works with personal computers and most smartphones and tablet computers


 Free to use, offers 1.8 million titles

 Libraries have limited licensed copies of each work; titles are often unavailable


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 All-you-can-read e-book service

 Access to more than 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month

 Offers many books from major publishers and famous authors


 Available on Apple iOS mobile devices only

 Most recent best-sellers are not available


 All-you-can-read e-book service

 Offers thousands of titles for $8.99 per month

 Features many books from major publishers and famous authors

 Books can be read on any device with a Web browser

 Most recent best-sellers are not available


 E-book subscription buying service

 More than 100,000 titles; users buy two to four books per month at prices ranging from $14.99 to $29.99

 Offers some recent best-sellers

 Subscribers keep downloaded books

 Does not provide unlimited access to entire library

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