Last October, Scribd joined the likes of Entitle and Oyster in offering an all-you-can-read, flat-rate subscription service -- a kind of "Netflix for e-books."
Normally it costs $8.99 per month, though you can try it free for 30 days. Now, however, thanks to a promotion with More Magazine, you can get a free Scribd subscription for three months.
Because I suspect some of you will object to this, let me state right up front that you'll need to provide a credit card (or PayPal account). I know: outrageous! But consider that Most other companies have the same requirement for a trial subscription, including Netflix, Hulu, Spotify...shall I go on?
The key thing to remember is your card won't be charged if you cancel within that free 90 days. Obviously Scribd hopes you won't, hence the extra trial bait.
The service currently touts some 300,000 books in its library. You can access any and all of them via your Web browser or Android or iOS device. Scribd also introduced a Kindle fire app a couple months back.
I'm keen to hear what you think of this. I'm all over the idea of unlimited e-books, especially if I can share an account with family members. But most of the subscription services I've tried (this one included) have too limited a selection. Indeed, it reminds me of the Kindle Lending Library that's included with Amazon Prime: not enough stuff worth reading.
But, hey, you've got 90 no-obligation days to plumb the depths of Scribd's catalog. Just remember to mark your calendar a few days ahead of the end so you remember to cancel. Unless, of course, you've fallen in love with it. Could happen.
Bonus deal: A few weeks back I shared a (very popular) deal on an Acer Chromebook. Today, starting at 11 a.m. ET, it gets a wee bit better: You can get the Acer C710-2856 Chromebook for $129.99 shipped. That's $10 less than it was last time, and without a doubt the best price to date for such a system (without a trade-in, that is). The C7 features an 11.6-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, Celeron processor, and 16GB SSD. Just take note that the warranty is 90 days, fairly typical for a refurb.