The Amazon Kindle e-reader. (Credit: CNET)

The Amazon Kindle e-reader.

Comparing E-book subscriptions: Amazon Unlimited vs. Scribd vs. Oyster

Amazon is the latest — and largest — company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced Friday, compares with rivals Scribd and Oyster.

PRICE

Kindle costs $9.99 a month, while Oyster costs
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Kindle costs $9.99 a month, while Oyster costs $9.95 and Scribd $8.99. All three offer the first month free.


An 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer is on display on In this Sept. 24, 2013 in Seattle.

SELECTION

Kindle has the largest number of titles, with
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Kindle has the largest number of titles, with more than 600,000, compared with Oyster's 500,000 and Scribd's 400,000. However, only Oyster and Scribd have books from two of the largest publishers, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.


This product image provided by Oyster shows the Oyster e-book app on an iPhone, left, and iPad. Oyster and Scribd let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price -- $10 for Oyster and $9 for Scribd.

LIMITS

You can read as many books as you
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You can read as many books as you want, but you can have only a certain number of titles downloaded at a time. For Kindle, it's 10 per account. You have to "return" a book to get the 11th. Oyster allows 10 per device and Scribd allows 20 per device. With all three, you can read a book on up to six different devices.


This product image provided by Scribd shows the Scribd e-book app.

DEVICES

All three services work on iPhones, iPads and
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All three services work on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Scribd and Kindle also work on personal computers and Windows devices. Only Kindle supports webOS and BlackBerry and dedicated Kindle e-readers such as the Paperwhite.


This screen shot taken from an iPhone shows five books, top row, available through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service.

EXTRAS

Kindle is alone in offering free audiobooks as
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Kindle is alone in offering free audiobooks as part of the subscription, with a selection of 2,000 from Amazon's Audible business. Subscribers also get a three-month trial to Audible, which offers one book a month from a larger library.


This screen shot taken from an Kindle Fire HDX shows "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, an audiobook available through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service.

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