A streaming and subscription service for e-books looks to a freemium, cloud-based model to help readers have an easy-to-use, social reading experience.
24symbols is a Spanish startup currently in beta ahead of its launch in June. Adopting a ‘freemium’ model, the service will offer readers different alternatives, such as streaming books for free with ads, and paying a subscription for advanced options like offline reading and an extended catalogue to choose from.
There’s no need to download the content, as it’s cloud-based and accessible from any Internet-enabled device. Therefore, the danger of illegal copies is eliminated, and DRM access control is not necessary.
24symbols also hopes to be a social experience for readers. You will be able to see what books your friends are reading, send and receive recommendations, get suggestions based on your profile, and share what you are reading. With specific applications for every Internet-enabled device, your library would be accessible from anywhere. You can start reading on your netbook at home and then continue on your smartphone on the train as the site will take you to the last page you were on.