Playster Books Review

Although many bookworms will tell you that there’s no substitute for the printed page (myself included) it’s undeniable that e-books are growing in popularity. And as much as I hate to admit it, it’s easy to see why! It’s just convenient to be able to read on your cell phone: it’s more portable, you can carry more “books” than you’ll ever be able to read on one trip, and in many cases, e-books are much cheaper. While I’ll always argue that you can never replace the moment when you crack a new book’s spine and that the smell of old books should be part of everyone’s lives, I do think e-books have a role to play in our modern world. It’d be stupid to argue otherwise!

Eager to find out what my e-options were, I shopped around a number of sites, eventually finding one called, which did things a little differently from the competitors. In addition to e-books access, a Playster subscription gives you access to four other media types, too: movies, games, apps, and music. It’s a catch-all media package that your whole family can enjoy, whether they’re readers, movie-watchers, gamers, music lovers, or the more likely option: a combination of all those things. Seeing that this one offered easily the most “value” of all the services I’d looked at, I decided to give it a shot, and write this review to let you know how things went.

Playster has a lot of really popular books, from celebrity biographies, to an incredible range of romance novels by famous Harlequin writers like Liz Carlyle and Donna Fletcher, and a good deal of detective fiction, too (I’m looking forward to getting back to Poirot after finishing this blog post!)

There’s a great balance of fiction and non-fiction titles. There are a bunch of “Dummies” style guides that are useful if you need to brush up on important life skills like money management. For the spiritually-inclined, there are books on various religions including Christianity and Buddhism and more. You’ll find everything from vegan recipe guides to car repair manuals: the amount of content is pretty staggering, to the point that it sometimes can feel a little overwhelming. They’ve even got some comics!

The book reading interface was smooth and functional, and it even has a built in magnifying glass for those of us with poor eyesight, or for people who really want to zoom in on the detailed panels of comic books. You can search for titles by genre, and add titles to a “collections” tab so you can keep a record of the best things you’ve found in the catalogue. Since the catalogue is so big, this feature definitely helps.

If I’m going to sign up for any books service, it’ll be this one, simply because I get to enjoy the convenience of e-books while also having access to a lot of other content that I maybe wouldn’t have otherwise. I’d prefer not to pay for an online service that gave me e-books alone: I’d feel like a traitor to all the books lining my shelves! However, all the other content this site offers makes me feel a little better. It’s also just great to have so much content available in one household for such a reasonable price, especially if you have a family. I haven’t checked out much of the site yet, but my kids are certainly enjoying playing games on their phones (typical).

Well, that’s it for my Playster review. I didn’t really try much of their content outside of books yet, but as I said, my children are enjoying playing Candy Crush or whatever it is on their cell phones. Maybe with Playster, I might be able to get them to finally pick up a book…or at least a tablet!



  • Ohmster

    Not much of a review. So they have a lot of book. Are they free, cost money, expensive? Is it worth it? This “review” didn’t really review anything other than this company supposedly “has a lot of books”. Nothing about a free trial, some things are free, the site is a pay site, what does it cost, is the movie collection vast? How about the games? Are they real computer games or just more Zynga Flash garbage? The review that does not review anything. Save some hard drive space and delete this drivel.

    • Suzanne

      Thanks for your feedback, Ohmster! I’ll be writing a follow-up review to this one very soon to see how the service has evolved since I last wrote about it. Stay tuned! :)

  • Justin Crabbe

    Playster is actually the first list I actually like a lot! There’s plenty of books (some I’ve heard about, others not) that seem worth a read. This gave me plenty of material for my to-do list :D

  • Tom

    I’m amazed at how many of these books I’ve read and how many I have thought to read but not gotten around to. Good list.

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