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. Some other notable stats for Scribd include the following:

  • 80 million monthly readers
  • 194 countries using Scribd
  • 2.5 million bookmarks
  • 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

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

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.

Number of Books

Scribed has over 45,000 audiobooks and 500,000 ebooks.

Trial Period

Before joining Scribd, you can sign up for their free 30-day trial.

Ways to Listen

With audiobooks from Scribd, you can download or stream content to various devices.


Scribed offers ebooks and audiobooks in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Indonesian.


The following platforms have Scribed apps: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Nook, Kindle Fire, and various web browsers.


Scribed costs $8.99/month for unlimited access to all content.

App Rating

The Scribd iOS app has many reviews and an average of 4.5/5 stars.

Site Usability

We love almost everything about Scribd’s website. They have a lot of great recommendations and learn your listening habits quickly. It’s easy to use if you’re looking for new content or browsing for a specific title. However, when you try to scroll to the bottom of page to click on more information, the page loads more book categories to click on. While we appreciate the number of ways to browse their books, it was frustrating and difficult to get the company’s ‘about us’ section. We give Scribd a 7/10 for site usability.

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