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.

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