Scribd is like Netflix for books: a monthly fee of $8.99 gets you unlimited access to more than 300,000 e-books from 900 publishers, the largest of which is Harper Collins. Today, the company is launching a new travel category through a partnership with Lonely Planet—which means for less than the cost of one title, you can browse hundreds of guidebooks. (The category also includes non-fiction titles, such as 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.)
Scribd is especially useful for travelers: not only is it compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and any web browser, but you can also download books to read off line—ideal when on the road without Internet access. (And you can keep any books you download indefinitely, as long as you remain a member.)
In conjunction with the Lonely Planet partnership, Scribd announced a new traveler-friendly feature: the ability to bookmark pages within a title. And there’s no need to worry about publishing companies not getting paid: for every book read by a subscriber (there are currently 80 million worldwide), Scribd pays the publisher as if it was purchased in an e-book retail store.
Until March 31, Travel + Leisure readers can sign up at www.scribd.com/promo_code/T+L for a complimentary three-month subscription.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.