What is it: Think Spotify for books and you get BookBeat.
How it works: Just as most publishing industries are coming in terms with the digital reading habits, the marketplace for such apps are slowly getting flooded with e-books and audiobooks.
Best for: The modern day smartphone readers.
Value Offering: BookBeat is a new kid on the block since storytel entered the market earlier than its competitor. Both offerings are almost identical, running on subscription based services for book lovers although BookBeat might have a much cleaner design and user interface for new users to adapt to.
Hype Level: Made under the support of publishing giant Bonnier AB, BookBeat gained a substantial amount of publicity before and after its release into the marketplace. Launched in Sweden this year, it is offering a free trial for two weeks before charging users a fee of 169SEK/month. Subsequent target markets for launch of the app include United Kingdom and Germany.