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BookBub among new ways to save on ebooks

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Are you a voracious ebook reader who may be avoiding Amazon because of its nasty battle with authors and the Hachette companies? Several services want to lead you to ebook deals that fill the gap in your reading.

One such service is BookBub, which now claims to have 3 million “members.” BookBub is not really a membership or subscription service. Yet anyone who signs on gets regular emails introducing them to low-cost deals on favorite authors, genres and series.

Let’s say you have gotten hooked on Veronica Mars, the film that is itself an adaptation of a TV series. BookBub recently was spotlighting the ebook "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" by Rob Thomas, who created the TV series, and Jennifer Graham for the low price of $1.99 if purchased by Aug. 24. Consumers have the choice of downloading the ebook on their favorite devices, including Kobo, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Apple products or Android systems via Google Play in addition to Amazon' Kindle..

A spokeswoman for BookBub said the service was designed to help readers find inexpensive ebooks in specific genres, such as science fiction and romance. Books by authors whose previous releases were best sellers also may be featured. For instance fans of Sophie Kinsella could buy several of her older titles at $1.99 each in advance of the release of her latest, "Shopaholic to the Stars."

Another possibility is a digital-book subscription. Oyster and Scribd are two examples. Oyster offers unlimited access to over 500,000 books for $9.95 per month. Scribd says it has over 400,000 book choices for $8.99 per month.

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