The subscription digital book service Scribd has been around since 2013 and is the bookish equivalent of Netflix or Spotify. You pay a flat fee of $8.99 month and can read all that you like. I wasn’t all that tempted to subscribe at first since I already borrow eBooks from the library for free. However, now that audiobooks are in the mix I’m changing my tune. I’ve been having a blast with the Scribd free trial and have listened to about 8 audiobooks in the last month. Read on to find out more about it and to get a promo code for three-months free!
*Check out my 8/21 update at the bottom of this post about the change to Scribd’s audiobook model. And I go into more of the details here.
Here’s why Scribd is my latest (audiobook) obsession:
Audiobook selection is growing – You can find over 45,000 audiobooks on the site from publishers like Blackstone, Scholastic, Harper Audio and Macmillan. And just last week Penguin Random House added 9000 of their titles to the site. The site doesn’t have the depth of assortment that Audible has, but you get more for your money and I haven’t had any problem finding books to listen to.
Find Best Sellers or Listen to an Old Favorite – You can listen to mysteries like Girl on a Train, Gone Girl, and Reconstructing Amelia, and fantasy adventure books like A Game of Thrones and Ready Player One. In YA you can find the latest from Gayle Forman, Richelle Mead, and Lauren Oliver as well as big franchises like The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Maze Runner and Divergent.
Find the Latest New Releases – I’m listening to two memoirs that just came out this Spring: The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly and Girl in the Dark. I also added recent releases Hausfrau, Unbecoming and Denton Little’s Death Date to my digital library.
Keep track of your To Be Listen list in your Digital Library – Once you browse the site and find titles you want to listen to you add them to your digital library and can sort them into personalized collections. My collection titles are pretty boring, but I like that if I’m in the mood for a memoir or a romance I can find one quickly.
Browsing – You can browse audiobooks by category or bestseller or search for a particular title. The Scribd Selects editors also share fun audiobook lists in categories like Celebrities Narrating Their Memoirs, Marriages on the Brink, Teens in Trouble, or Slicing & Dicing (foodie memoirs). You can also get audiobook recs on the Scribd Blog.
Mobile App makes Listening Easy – You can find and listen to Scribd audiobooks on the mobile app and stream or download on your device. With the app you can speed up or slow down the narration, pause, skip, set a sleep timer, and add a bookmark. I recommend using the bookmark function because I’ve noticed that the app sometimes forgets your place.
No Waiting – I love my library card and have no plans to give it up, but there is something awesome about having instant digital access to the books you want to read. No waiting lists, etc.
Not just Audiobooks – I primarily use Scribd for audiobooks, but you can also read digital books, comics, and graphic novels. You can read books on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook HD, or Kindle Fire.
Take Scribd for a test spin – If you’re new to Scribd take advantage of this promo to get 3-months free*. This link is good until 9/21:
*I have heard from multiple new Scribd subscribers that the above promo gives you 3-months free (the post originally said 2-months free), so I have updated this post to reflect that. Hooray!
Do you subscribe to any book subscription sites like Scribd, Kindle Unlimited or Oyster? If you try out the site let me know what you think!
I guess my honeymoon with Scribd is coming to an end. In the next 30 days they are moving away from unlimited audiobooks to a “credit based system.” You can listen to one audiobook per month with your membership, though Scribd says “we’ll be offering a rotating catalog of thousands of audiobooks for unlimited listening.” A lot of the audiobooks I wanted to listen to are expiring. This sucks! The library and Audible are looking like the more attractive option. You can read Scribd’s blog post about the change here.