“Writing’s for fun, Reading’s your JOB” – Holly Lisle
Who needs an excuse to read? Well, sometimes as a writer it’s difficult to put aside a manuscript for the chore that reading can sometimes feel. (Anything which you know you should be doing takes the pleasure out).
When Scribd went to a subscription basis, I baulked at it for a long time. I typically found what I needed through Amazon or elsewhere. And given my mountainous “to-read” pile, there seemed little point in going subscription with a similar offering.
Until just recently, with Scribd’s take-on of several larger publishers and now, a wrath of comics and graphic novels.
Anyone who has looked at digital comics through the normal apps and channels will appreciate just how expensive these are. Single digital issues are over the $10 mark. (And I have no idea where to go locally for hardcopy comics).
Now with Scribd, for $8.99-$9.99 mark per month, I have access to a lot of them, and also to some substantial books and text books. It’s like an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of reading with Scribd providing the virtual refrigerator to keep everything perma-fresh.
Scribd has recently added over 10,000 comics and graphic novels to its library – 500 are from Marvel, and you can catch up with old Archie comics, and several other publishers.
Now with such access and excuses, as I’m writing a YA Superhero, I am actually walking around town quite proudly displaying the fact that a forty-something woman is still reading superhero comics, all in the name of research, right?
Reading Avengers Assemble!
Image from Scribd blog.