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New bookshop with e-books – Legimi.de – is now available. The website, which has been functioning in Poland for a couple of years and offering books within subscriptions, prepared a surprise for its users in form of a collection of e-books which may be downloaded for free.
Legimi.de welcomes German readers by offering them several popular titles for download. All e-books are available in ePub (for e-readers, smartphones and tablets) or MOBI files (for Kindle devices). Downloaded books become the property of readers. The offered multi-format is one of Legimi’s distinguishing properties on the German market. When buying a particular book, it is not necessary to pay for each file separately and the reader can choose the device on which he or she reads it. Currently, the sales offer includes over 100 000 German-language books on Legimi.de which are compatible with mobile devices.
Legimi gradually develops a service, which made the brand famous in Poland, namely – subscription for e-books. There are 4 subscription options, whereas the cheapest one costs nearly 5 €, and an option offering an unlimited access to books allows for reading books offline even on 4 different devices. Legimi’s offer is calculated so that it is the most beneficial solution on the market for mobile readers with low, medium or large demand. At the beginning, there are about 10 000 books available for subscribers. The base will be gradually expanded. Currently, it corresponds to about 10% of all titles on the market. The books, whose publishers hasn’t decided about publishing them for subscribers, can be bought at a discounted price, since an important feature of Legimi’s subscription is return of a part of paid subscription in form of bonus points which may be used for purchase of books in EPUB and MOBI formats at the discounted price. For example, by paying 4.99 EUR monthly for access to 10 000 of e-books in a subscription scheme, the customer gets 2 EUR back in form of points which may be used for reducing a price by 50% of any book. When paying 19.99 EUR, 6 EUR will be converted into points. This is particularly appealing for readers who don’t want to wait 18 months for sales.
Besides the unlimited option, Legimi offers an innovative subscription scheme where readers pay only for book pages which are actually read by them. The prices are from 4.99 per month for 150 pages up to 12.99 for 750 pages (for the first month, the customer gets a double credit). Unread pages accumulate for next months. Now, it is accessible for smartphones and tablets with Android but in November, the app will be available for iOS (all users will get it for free). Legimi strives for full synchronization of the library between the devices so it will be possible to continue to read on different devices. Each of subscription schemes may be tested for free for 7 days.
Legimi is preparing a real hit for spring 2017 when it will offer a service combining an e-book reader for a symbolic price of 1 EUR with the abovementioned unlimited subscription. The offer is working well in Poland but it has no equivalent on the German market. It is being planned to publish audiobooks as well.