If you listen to audiobooks or read ebooks at all, you really need to check out Scribd. I’m kind of obsessed, and I’m here today to tell you ALLLLL about it. Similar to my lengthy love-filled post about Book Host, this will give you the details about Scribd and why it’s the freakin’ best. Also, I was definitely not paid for this – I just want to shre the love.
If you’d like to ignore most of this post and get down to the TL;DR, click here!
What is it?
Scribd is a monthly subscription that offers ebooks and audiobooks. The best part is that it’s UNLIMITED. There are very few, if any, that offer the feature of unlimited. You can download the app on your phone or tablet, or use the internet browser on your computer. The best part is that it’s only $8.99 a month. If you’re thinking about joining, sign up here and I get free days! (You da best.)
Why is it better than other options?
With a subscription like Audible, you spend $15/month and get ONE audiobook. With Kindle Unlimited, you get unlimited books and some audio for $9.99 a month – but the book selection is pretty bad. The reason I love Scribd is because the selection is actually pretty great. They have a lot of new releases and backlist, both for ebooks and audiobooks. I was surprised to see some pretty great new releases on there, and they’re updated quite a lot. You can also save audiobooks and ebooks directly to your device, so you don’t need an internet connection to read them or stream the audio! I love this because I don’t waste data when I’m driving to work.
How do I use it?
I downloaded Scribd on my iPad and my iPhone. I listen to almost all of my audiobooks from Scribd using the iPhone app. Again, I usually save them to my device so I don’t waste data while driving to work. I just delete the book off of the device when I’m done with it so it doesn’t take up space, but realistically you can save quite a few. I don’t read as many ebooks from Scribd as I should (especially because they have so many great ones), but that’s mostly because I don’t read on my iPad that much. If you’re a regular iPad reader, this is definitely a no-brainer.
I mostly use it on my phone, so these are the screens I see. The “Browse” screen enables you to look around their selection of ebooks and audiobooks. They have it separated into different categories and you can also search for titles and authors. The next screen you see is the “Library” screen. It shows the books you’ve saved for later and/or the ones you’re currently reading. It goes in chronological order. You can also use this screen to see which ones you’ve saved onto your device for offline listening. The last screen here is the basic home screen. You can see the books you’re currently reading or listening to, the ones you’ve saved for later, and other recommendations underneath.
The website is essentially the same as the app, so I won’t explain anything here!
What’s the selection like?
IT’S SO GOOD. It has almost the entire Sarah Dessen collection in audiobook form, which is freaking amazing, as well as so many other books! Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the new releases in the audiobook section for YA:
And in the ebook section… LOOK AT THESE:
Scribd is an amazing subscription that is only $8.99 a month. With that, you get unlimited access to their audiobooks and ebooks. That’s right – UNLIMITED! It’s not Audible where you get one a month. You can read on your phone or tablet or computer screen. If you want to sign up, click here ! (If I refer you, I get some free days added to my subscription!)