Scribd finds e-book subscription models don’t work well when people read too much

Scribd began pulling thousands of romance titles from its website on Tuesday, a result of users reading too much. Models like Scribd pay publishers by the read, but subscribers pay a flat rate for unlimited access. Readers of genres such as romance read voraciously, so much so that they were becoming too expensive to Scribd. Laura Hazard Owen writes: “If the hope was that e-book subscription services would be more like gym memberships — where people pay but then don’t go — romance readers have turned the model on its head by using the ‘gym’ too much.”