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Last year I needed to get access to a certain book for my teaching. Despite having access to a huge library of teaching books at work, I couldn’t find a copy. Luckily someone recommended Scribd to me and I used the trail period to get access to not only this book but many more useful ones as well. Now, a year later and working on a new assignment, I’ve been signed up for the last three months or so and I think I’m officially hooked on Scribd, yet I haven’t heard many other writers talk about it (a perfect choice for an app review!)

What is Scribd

Scribd is a subscription, all you can read (including audiobooks) service. You pay a monthly fee of $8.99 and get access to their entire library including fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, audiobooks and even sheet music (I’ve been playing some fun ukulele arrangements).

There’s a thirty day free trial but you have to give your credit card at the start.

Considering Apple bought a similar(-ish) service called texture which gives you access to magazines only, and there is the Amazon kindle unlimited service, I can see that this is not the first company to have tried this idea.

However, the audiobooks aspect is one that really sets it apart for me. I’m a big fan of podcasts and audiobooks can be more in-depth, more too the point podcasts (when done well. When done badly, they are full of filler material).

Good

Moving beyond the simple service, the ability to download content for when you don’t have any internet access is invaluable and one I use a lot. You can also make reading lists for a topic on a subject (if you are studying) or books you’ve read this year etc. Great for staying on top of your reading.

There are even suggested and recommended lists of fiction/non-fiction books if you don’t know what to read. And there is some sort of algorithm which recommends further books to read.

Not so good

The library isn’t complete. There are plenty of books (and audiobooks) which aren’t there, yet there are plenty worth reading. It can also be a bit tricky to go back and find something you were looking at recently. Basically, it works well if you read one book, perhaps save something for later but keep reading the same book. But if you are jumping between books, you might lose track of one and have to search for it again.

Check Scribd out

I didn’t expect to consider keeping my scribd subscription, but I’m fairly sure I will. It’s become a highly valuable and entertaining service for me. If you like good books, and audiobooks, then this may well be for you.

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