Librify is a new company that plans to provide a social reading experience for book clubs and bring the joy of discovering, organizing and sharing books with friends to all platforms and devices.
It’s a lofty goal, to be sure – but initial plans call for members to be able to pay a monthly fee to get access to their favorite books. How authors will play into this equation is yet to be seen – but having your books more easily discoverable there by book clubs may be a big opportunity.
In a June 22, 2013 article on PublishersWeekly.com, Judith Rosen wrote: “Online subscription services have proved successful for entertainment businesses like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify, but other than O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online, which is geared to professionals, trade e-book subscriptions have gained little traction. Joanna Stone Herman is aiming to change that with Librify, a startup geared to book clubs and heavy readers that combines social reading, recommendations à la Goodreads, and a Book of the Month Club–style subscription service for one discounted e-book a month with a fully stocked e-bookstore that works across devices. She’s also working on a way to use Librify to drive customers for print to their local independents.”
The company plans to launch a beta test in July. To participate, fill in your email address at Librify.com and request your invite. To read the full article with more details about the start-up, and how publishers are reacting, visit PublishersWeekly.com.