Playster.com Review: A Second Look at the Books
Almost a year ago today I published what I thought was a decent little review of an online books service I found called Playster (you can see that review HERE). However, your comments said otherwise! Looking back at the review, it’s almost be a year, so I thought it might be fun to revisit this service and see what’s new. And yes, Ohmster….I will certainly be getting into the nitty-gritty details you requested.
As I mentioned before, Playster.com is an online, subscription-based media service that gives you access to movies, music, games, and a whole wack of books. Playster has a 30 day free trial that, once it expires, will auto-convert to a paying membership. To access the full package, you need to pay $22.50 per month. But if you’re like me and you’re only really interested in books, you can opt into one of the singular entertainment packages, which cost $8.95 a month. I’d say if you have any passing interest in the other media types, I say go for it, but since I am mainly a reader, I just went for Playster’s books package, as it’s quite a bit cheaper.
It’s been a while since I was last subscribed, but the quality of the books collection here is quite good. Their site says they’ve secured major deals with big-shot publishers like Harper Collins and Simon and Schuster. There are a lot of recognizable books here, from Chris Kyle’s American Sniper (now a major motion picture!) to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. They’ve still got a great selection of romance novels, and their young adult sections seems to have expanded a lot. Last time I subscribed I tried to get my kids into Playster, but they weren’t that into the selection of books on offer, so I’m glad to see a more robust selection of YA books on display (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower and RL Stine’s Goosebumps series being examples).
As far as how well the site works, I noticed it could be a little slow at times, but this wasn’t a consistent problem. It’s fairly easy to search for things, but I would like to see a better recommendations system… I don’t see, for example, why I would want to read a book about Rush Limbaugh after reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.
For now, I will be keeping my subscription to Playster books. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have to offer. Sorry, Ohmster, but I didn’t end up subscribing to music/games/movies, so I can’t really comment on those sections. As a reader, I’d definitely recommend Playster, especially if you think you can convince your family to get in on it, too.
Thanks for reading my second Playster.com review. Let me know if you’d like me to answer any other questions in the comments!