Readfy has rolled out an ebook subscription service in Germany that offers subscribers the option to read ebooks for free as long as they don’t mind enduring ads once in a while. The ads can pop up either at the center of the screen or along the bottom, and can be image, text, or video based. Ssers will also be required to be online to read the books to allow the ads to stream in.
There will also be a two tiered paid subscription model where users can opt for lesser ads by paying a pre-determined amount. The best offer includes a completely ad-free reading solution that users can choose for 10 euros a month, something that will also allow the ebooks to be read offline. As of now there are 15,000 ebooks to choose from, though Readfy has stated they plan to take that figure to 30,000 in the near future.
Other future plans for Readfy include extending its services to other European countries and the US. Of course, adding English and Spanish language books features prominently in the company’s plan, although that is not expected to happen before 2015. What still needs to be seen is whether there are enough readers who won’t mind a few ads interrupting their reading time.