Startup Of The Week: Perlego

  • Perlego is the leading online subscription service for educational books, founded by Gauthier Van Malderen and Matthew Davis.
  • Addressing the pressing issue of soaring textbook prices, Perlego aims to make educational materials universally accessible and affordable.
  • Key products include a vast library of 1,000,000+ titles across 900+ subjects, offering unlimited access with user-friendly study tools.








What is Perlego?


Perlego is a revolutionary solution to the challenges faced by students, publishers, and university libraries. Perlego began when one of the founders was studying at University, and finding the cost of textbooks overly expensive. By providing an extensive digital library accessible through an affordable subscription cost, Perlego allows students to access essential textbooks, combating the rising costs of education.

Their platform works through fostering relationships with publishers, and giving students access to all the books they need.

Perlego subscriptions cost between $12–$18 per month depending on which plan you choose. This gives you access to unlimited access to over 1 million textbooks. However, you can also try a 14-day free trial.


“My fellow students were pirating textbooks to save money. At the same time, the big five publishers were suffering from falling revenues and were changing ownership from public to private. I wanted to create a company that would offer students a valuable digital alternative and help publishers stop haemorrhaging losses.”

– Gauthier Van Malderen, Co-Founder at Perlego



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Is there a market for Educational Subscription Services?


The education sector faces a crisis with textbook prices rising at an unsustainable rate. According to recent studies, students’ expenses on textbooks have tripled over the past 50 years, making higher education financially burdensome.

Perlego addresses this challenge, bridging the gap between quality education and affordability. With partnerships with over 3,000 publishing houses, Perlego offers a comprehensive solution. There is a clear market demand for accessible educational resources, and Perlego stands at the forefront.


Where Can You Find Perlego?


Sign up to their subscription service at