Shinbaekseojae e-book rental service at Shinsegae department store breaks 100,000 user mark


Consumption of e-books continues to increase in South Korea. While there have been several indications of this in the past, another metric that points to the above is the “Shinbaekseojae” mobile e-book rental service which recently surpassed the 100,000 user mark. The above was announced by Shinsegae Department Store who added that the above feat was achieved in just 5 months.

The Shinsegae Department Store also said that the e-book rental service is free and available to anyone with access to the store’s app. Each member will be able to borrow an eBook for two weeks, although there is no limit to the number of eBooks they can borrow. Currently, around 30,000 eBooks are available, although the collection also includes audio books.

With 100,000 members on board, 35,400 eBooks have been borrowed to date since the service began operations in April. That way, that comes down to 630 members having borrowed 220 eBooks every day, which is a pretty impressive number in itself, inthenews reported.

Meanwhile, there is also the Shinsegae Book Curation Service which is held monthly for the sole purpose of promoting the culture of reading books. The theme for October is Italy and all members can borrow half a dozen eBooks on the topic. Some of the most popular eBook topics are those on mountaineering, the liberal arts, as well as books on personal development.

Shinsegae is looking to further improve its service while making more e-books and other reading materials available to reach more of society.


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