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In 2007, Scribd launched a library membership service that allows people to read and listen to books online at no cost. Since their launch, their readers have clocked over 17 million hours of reading. Scribd has 80 million monthly readers, operates in 194 countries, has 2.5 million bookmarks, and offers 500,000 ebooks. Scribd also lets users upload content- including their own books, short stories, comic books, and essays. Their slogan is to, “read like you own every book in the world.” 

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The Good

  • Unlimited access
  • Low subscription price
  • High-rated app

At $8.99 per month, Scribd gives members unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks. This is one of the best deals of any audiobook company. Not only is the subscription price low, but you also get unlimited access to over 45,000 audiobooks and even more ebooks. Because they have a lot of user content, they have ebooks and audiobooks in English and four other languages.

Scribd has high-rated apps available on basically every platform - smartphone, tablet, and web browser. When you use the Scribd website, you can easily see books that are recommended for you, member favorites, or category favorites. Once you select a book, Scribd offers a good synopsis, reviews, and even suggests related books. We really like how easy and helpful Scribd is to use.

The Bad

  • Difficult to navigate
  • Lots of content to sift through

Even though the site provides a lot of information on ebooks and audiobooks, it can sometimes be hard to navigate. On the homepage, there is so much content being constantly loaded that you can't get to the 'about,' 'membership,' or 'support' sections.

Because there is so much user-generated content along with popular books, there can be a lot of content to sift through in some genres.

The Bottom Line

If you're interested in reading ebooks and listening to audiobooks, Scribd is an excellent choice for you. They have over 45,000 audiobooks and 500,000 ebooks. Scribd is definitely a social site too - writers can upload their work, and listeners can review and recommend their favorite books.

Use Scribd's 30-day free trial if you want to see if it's for you. The Scribd app is available to use on almost any smartphone, tablet or web browser. For the selection and price, we definitely recommend Scribd.

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