Scribd packs a punch with Lonely Planet guide deal

Scribd has struck a deal with travel publisher Lonely Planet to offer users of the Scribd ebook subscription service unlimited access to hundreds of the highly regarded LP travel guides.

The ebook subscription service was launched last year at $8.99 a month for unlimited books, although the Scribd platform and sharing service for documents was set up in 2006. It is a worldwide service but not all the ebooks are available in some countries, although the firm says most of the ebooks are available on a global basis.

The Lonely Planet link-up is a great deal for subscribers as the LP ebooks can be expensive on the Kindle store, with the recently published Italy guide priced at $18.35 and the Yorkshire guide at $7.35. Ebook travel guides also have the great advantage of slashing the weight burden. Scribd is adding bookmarking to its mobile and web features to make the guidebooks more reader-friendly.

You can win a range of prizes in a Scribd contest on Pinterest which asks: Where in the world would you love to curl up with a good book? You could win an iPad mini, a $500 airline voucher and a year’s subscription to Scribd but you only have a few days left to enter as the winner will be announced on April 2.