BookBub is an online eBook finding service that gives you a daily email that tells you all of the eBooks, all over the internet, that are for free or deeply discounted. Or, at least, that’s what they claim to do. I tried it for myself for a few weeks, but I was really unhappy with what I found there.
I didn’t like the way that it was set up, first. Yes, signup was fairly easy and it was for free (I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on this thing), but for the types of eBooks I’m looking for, they just didn’t have enough variety for me. Some days, I would get the daily email and it would tell me that there wasn’t anything in the genres that I indicated. That’s a bummer, especially if you’re looking for a good deal.
Another issue that I found with BookBub was its recommendations. Yes, I said that I wanted nonfiction, but sometimes I got really obscure suggestions that, sure, they were nonfiction, but they weren’t even close to some of the things that I indicated that I would read on a regular basis. I also questioned whether some of them were actually nonfiction – maybe our definitions of nonfiction were different, I’m not really sure. I just know that, after a bit, I stopped really paying attention to their reviews and their categories because they didn’t make any sense.
The last issue that I had with BookBub was that I couldn’t find all of the books that I may want. Sometimes, a person will want really short novels to read on their eReader or tablet, and those go on discount or for free quite often. But, for it to be registered with BookBub, it has to be “full length,” which is over 150 pages. That just didn’t seem right to me, and you can’t find novellas that are that long (they wouldn’t be called novellas if they were full length).
BookBub may be good for some readers, but for someone that is big on nonfiction and novellas, you aren’t going to get much out of their services. You may get a hit on occasion, but in general, you’re better off just looking around on your own and getting messages from the websites that you get your eBooks from on a regular basis. Don’t waste your time with BookBub, even though it’s a free service.