Rakuten just announced an all-you-can-read book and magazine service. The space is heating up in Japan, where three services now compete — Kindle Unlimited (¥980/mo), Rakuten(¥380/mo), and NTT Docomo’s dMagazine (¥400/mo).
I’m intrigued by Kindle Unlimited but worry that I’ll start snacking on books and never finish anything… an existing behavior with books that I buy one by one.
The image above is the iPad app homepage, and basically looks like you walked into a conbini… for better or for worse!
You can flip through entire magazines like this:
These hand-selected features are pretty cool, where you can read articles from different magazines about featured topics. I’m looking forward to being more in touch with what the Japanese mass media is covering.
The first month is free.