"Spotify for books" service launches

"Spotify for books" service launches

An online view-on-demand books service dubbed “the Spotify of books” has launched today.

24symbols, created by a Spanish team co-founded by Justo Hidalgo, is offering access to 1,000 book titles for a subscription fee. The website currently only offers customers the opportunity to read texts through a browser, but it said subscribers will soon be able to read books via an iPad, iPhone and Android through an app.

According to nextweb.com, 24symbols pays publishers based on how many pages users read from their books as a proportion of the overall number of pages read across all titles, and is currently offering users “classic and commercial books” from small and medium-sized publishers.

The service offers a free, ad-supported version along with an ad-free option in return for a monthly payment prices at either €9.99 per month, €19.99 for three months or €59.99 for a year.

24symbols is also integrated with Facebook and allows users to receive recommendations from friends.