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Textbooks as a Service: Perlego

The subscription based service that promises to help students

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Subscription based services are now everywhere, offering you everything from movies to songs. So, is Perlego worthy enough to take a spot on your monthly bank account statement?

The Good

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Presuming that university students do spend over £400 on textbooks, Perlego is a pretty darn good deal. — You don’t have to have a degree in Mathematics to figure that out.

Getting started on Perlego is completely free for the first two weeks, and after the trial ends, you’ll be subject to a £12/£15 monthly fee, depending on whether or not you are a student. Sounds like a great deal, especially considering that the platform offers over 200,000 titles to choose from.

The signup process is simple enough, and if all goes right, you should be able to get to reading in just a few minutes.

To top it all off, Perlego’s reader is actually pretty great. You can change the font, turn on Eye Saver, and even highlight some of the important parts.

Perlego — Reader

The Bad

While Perlego’s selection sure does seem impressive, browsing through the books is a complete nightmare.

I’ve had a pretty hard time finding titles that interest me. Honestly, my biggest issue currently is their “Books You Might Like” section. It’s been pretty inconsistent so far, yet it might just be due to the fact that I haven’t used the platform enough. We’ll see down the road, I suppose.

Perlego — Homepage

While the above issue might just be something that fixes itself over time, this one is a little more of a deal-breaker. Perlego, simply put, doesn’t have an Android or iOS app. This might be huge to some, as reading on the go is something that quite a few people practice on the daily, and the platform provides no convenient way to go about it.

Lastly, some books are just missing the “Summary” part. It’s kind of a pain in the back, and turns me off completely in certain cases. Not being able to have a short overview of what a book is about, doesn’t help Perlego’s case. I might’ve already missed some great titles because of it. I’ll never know.

Perlego — Missing Summary

Overall thoughts

To be completely honest, I don’t know how to feel about Perlego. On one hand, we have an amazing concept, with a solid selection of titles. On the other hand, the platform is plagued by it’s early issues.

Personally, I’d recommend you to give Perlego a shot. It’s not bad at all, it’s just… well…a startup that has just started.