Thanks to Scribd for sponsoring this post, but it was already my idea to uncover the latest and greatest clutter-free holiday gifts.
I love to read fiction, but I also have a habit of buying and adding to my wish list loads of craft books. I have so many craft books, I briefly considered starting a website called 101 Craft Books, inspired by my friend Heidi’s 101 Cookbooks in which she set out to stop buying cookbooks and start cooking from them. (Note: Now she’s a famous cookbook author, and I’ve made a few badly sewn skirts.)
When Scribd gave me a membership to their all-you-can-eat digital bookstore, one thing I realized was that among the 100,000 books in their collection, besides the assorted New York Times Bestsellers, there are many available titles that fulfill my how-to book greediness; I can have those books to browse and read, without taking up space on my nightstand. For $8.99 per month, you can read as many titles as you want — from regular popular fiction like The Book Thief (currently reading) and Water For Elephants (next on my list) and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (next after that on my list) to geeky girl sewing books like Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, a… (Holy crap, that title is so long, even the Scribd app couldn’t display all the characters. Nobody’s perfect.)
A Scribd subscription, I realized, is an easy-to-order clutter-free gift for the book lover who doesn’t have a Kindle. You can read books on any iPhone, iPad, or Android device, plus your regular ol’ fashioned computer, and they’ll be synched to the correct page if you switch devices while reading. There are even children’s books– if you’re willing to share your tablet or phone.
Ten books can stay on your device at a time so that you can keep your own little virtual bookshelf on hand while you venture away from wi-fi. I easily spend $8.99 a few times a month on books, so this seems like a super deal.
This is the search interface and results on my phone.
Would you use it? You can find out pretty easily. I have two suggestions for you:
1) Try it for a month — it’s free to do that. Actually, use my link and you’ll get THREE months instead of one month for your free trial. (Offer good until 12/31/13) Click over and see if they have enough titles to satisfy you.
2) Give it as a gift. Pretty easy; just select the artwork or literary quotation you like for your recipient and Scribd will send it. Did your parents splurge on an iPad recently? Give them a way to use it that doesn’t involve cute cat videos.
You can select a 1 month subscription for $10, 3 months for $25, 6 months for $50, or 1 year for $100. By the way, they don’t show you that until the third screen or later, so I did some digging. I think this quote is the one I’d pick for a gift.