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With consumers now used to all-you-can-eat subscriptions, the time is ripe for all-you-can-read e-book and digital magazine services. This report identifies potential pitfalls, services already operating, and lessons from adjacent sectors.


  • Microtransactions have the potential to work in the publishing industry with both books and magazines easily broken into chapters or articles.
  • Adding digital content to telco subscriptions can differentiate a service and reduce churn. With consumers reading more on smartphones and tablets, these services will complement existing digital media content within telco bundles.
  • Libraries represent a significant challenge to all-you-can-read book services by offering e-book lending services for free or at low cost.

Features and Benefits

  • Compare the all-you-can-read services already on the market.
  • Identify key requirements for successful all-you-can read e-book and digital magazine services

Key questions answered

  • Who are the key players in the all-you-can-read market?
  • Why will all-you-can-read services be important?
  • Will all-you-can-read be the only monetization option for book and magazine sellers?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • The Emperor’s new library
  • Subscriptions are not the only answer

Market dynamics

  • Publishers are on board with all-you-can-read book services
  • Magazine subscription services have yet to take off

Market outlook

  • Lessons all-you-can-read services should learn from all-you-can-eat success stories


  • Further reading
  • Author

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