I’ve been a huge fan of audiobooks and have been a loyal subscriber to audible for years. I recently checked out a new audio and ebook service called Scribd and I thought I would put together a Scribd review for you. Before I subscribed to Scribd I was easily spending $45-$65 per month buying ebooks and audiobooks every month. Scribd is like Netflix for books and for one monthly fee you get unlimited access to their library of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. You can get a free 30-day trial here. After the trial, it is $8.99 per month to access unlimited ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.
When I first heard about Scribd I was skeptical that they would have a big enough selection to make the service worth the money. I read and listen to a ton of books every month and I figured I would quickly run out of quality things to read. I also only read self-help related books and I was skeptical that they would have enough to hold my attention since I am only really interested in one category of books. I have been really pleasantly surprised at the selection available. They have a lot of my absolute favorites like You Are a Bad Ass and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck as well a lot of new self-help books that I haven’t read yet. I don’t really read magazines but if you do there is a big selection of magazines you can pick from too. Scribd doesn’t have every book so I still occasionally purchase from Amazon if there is something I really want to read but that’s fairly rare and I’m saving a ton of money because I only buy a book once in a while.
Originally when I signed up I thought I would have to stream audiobooks when I listen to them but I figured out that I can download them onto my phone with the app. This is great for me because I drive a lot in areas where I don’t have cell service. If you fly or travel a lot this service is perfect for you. You can load up your phone or tablet with ebooks and audiobooks before you go and you don’t need to worry about having cell service to access them. I also love that Scribd is available on all of my devices. I stream it on my laptop when I’m working and on my phone or tablet when I’m in my car. This service would be perfect to have if you travel a lot or are going on a road trip. It literally gives you unlimited access to all the audiobooks you want. I would just make sure you download them onto your phone so you have them later on.
Before I got Scribd I always felt like I had to finish any book that I bought just because I paid the money for it. Scribd is a monthly service so you pay the fee every month and have unlimited access to all of their audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines. I really like this because if I start a book and don’t really get into it I don’t feel like I have to finish it. It also makes it easy to have a selection of books for different moods. I usually keep a self-help book, business-related book and some kind of light-hearted easy read on my phone. Before I got Scribd I would only buy one book at a time so I didn’t have a selection for different moods.
As long as you listen to one audiobook per month I think Scribd is a great value. The audiobook for You Are a Bad Ass is 14.99 on Amazon right now. That same book is included with your Scribd subscription which only costs $8.99 per month. If you’re like me and finish more than one book per month you can end up saving a ton of money by subscribing to Scribd. Before I found out about Scribd I subscribed to Audible which is $14.99 per month and you only get to pick one book per month. I always felt like audiobooks were worth spending the money because I was able to easily finish so many more books. However, now that I have subscribed to Scribd I will be canceling my audible membership. If there is an audiobook that Scribd doesn’t have that I want I will purchase it from Amazon but I don’t want to be locked into purchasing an audiobook every month from Audible.
The only negative thing I have to say about Scribd is that there are books that I want that are not included in the service. I still think it is worth the cost per month because there are plenty of books on the platform that makes it worth it to me. However, sometimes there is a new book that comes out that I want to read that’s not included so I end up buying it. I recently bought the book Girl Wash Your Face for example. Like I said above I think that they do have a good selection and I definitely get way more than 8.99 per month of value from the service because I listen to 2-3 audiobooks every month on Scribd. That still comes out to less than $3.00 per book!
Scribd is available:
-From the Apple store
-On Google Play
In addition to working on apple watches, phones and tablets, you can also stream it from any web browser by going to scribd.com. You can stream a book on up to 3 different devices within a 24 hour period. The only thing is that it doesn’t work on is the e-ink kindle e-readers (like the Paperwhite). I really like to read ebooks on the beach and the glare from my Kindle Fire makes it hard to read outdoors. Now when I go to the beach I usually listen to audiobooks instead but I do wish Scribd let you read ebooks on an e-ink reader.
I hope you found this Scribd review helpful. I definitely recommend it especially since you can try it for 30 days to see if you like and use it. Here are some of the self-help books available on Scribd that are on my reading list.
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