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Is Scribd Worth the Money

Posted August 9, 2017 by Hillary in Apps / 2 Comments

Is Scribd worth the money? Click through to find out!

What IS Scribd?

Scribed is like a Netflix for e-books. It has thousands of e-books and audiobooks for you to choose from. No matter what your tsetse run to Scribd probably has a book to suit you. You download the app then you pick a book you want to start reading and presto you read It. They have millions of books, so you are sure to find something that you like. If you are so hard to please that you CANT find a book on there then well. I have no helpful words for you.
In all seriousness, though they have books from business to self-help to Young Adult. It is mostly backlist titles though so don’t expect the big blockbusters to be on there just yet. They do have millions of backlist titles on there though.


Ok…sounds cool but what are the downfalls of Scribd?

The one I grumble about most often is that there is no pricing tier for unlimited books. I mean I wouldn’t ca to PAY one flat fee for unlimited books, but there simply isn’t the option of doing so. This irks me to no end. At most, there are only five book credits a month plan. I don’t care about price. I mean I WANT to support Scribed and authors but on an average month I blow through books, and it would be so nice if I could read whole sagas without having to have a countdown to when my credits resets.
They have millions of books but some are audio books, and some are e-books. You get different credits for each. This is good for me because I am always paranoid about “wasting” an audio credit. I mean what if I can’t understand the narrator? Then I would be out of a credit, but this is a use it or loses it type of situation so I am more comfortable taking a chance on the audiobook than I would be otherwise. So maybe not a Con for MOST but if you are Deaf the credits can’t be switched up and to be that seems to be a little unfair. I HAVE emailed Scribed about it, and they said that they couldn’t “trade” in audiobook credits for e-book credits cause the books come from different companies. So they are not completely accessible. Maybe if enough Deaf people complain they will find a better way of addressing this issue but until then that is something to keep in mind if you are Deaf.


Hmmm, is there anything good about scribed?

They have alllllll the books. Seriously I have a list of thanks if I want to read this books. And more are being added all the time. They have popular books; they have obscure books and in-between books. You can always find something to read on Scribed.
You don’t have to wait for library holds! This for me is very good cause I am not patient waiting for my holds at the library. There is nothing worse than putting a hold on a book, and you are number one million in line. Nothing can ruin my day faster than seeing a number in the triple digits when I go to check on holds. And to add insult to injury, there is only so many holds you can have at a time! With Scribed there is none of that bullshit. I just click on read now and presto it is on my Kindle.
Another Plus with Scribd is that You don’t have to hurry up and read the book to avoid Library fines. I mean who among us has not stayed up all night to finish a book cause it was due at the library the next day? This way you can have your cake and eat it too.
You don’t have to leave your house to get a book. I mean this is mostly during the Clevland winters when I am grateful that I can just fire up Scribd and not have to deal with potential hypothermia just to feed my book addiction.
Also with Scribd, you get access to Blinkist and Pocket Premium. I LOVE pocket premium once I understood what it could do. At first, I was like OK…what does this do that the free version can’t do then I investigated, and I loved it. Now everything in Pocket is tagged and all of that good stuff.
I am not sure how I feel about Blinkist. It is like a modern day cliff notes version f books. I could see if you wanted to brush up on a book, but I like to the whole book. That is just me though.


For what it is worth my thoughts on Scribd

Personally, I use and love Scribd, and no this post is so NOT sponsored. I pay them 25 dollars a month for the joy of reading five books a month which I realize still saves me money in the long run. I mean a single hardback can cost upward of 25 dollars, and for the same price, I get five e-books a month. #Win
I also use the audiobook feature, and I am not a huge audiobook fan yet cause my brain likes to wonder, and I go a half hour and have no idea what the audio book just said. I am getting better though. I DO wish there was an option for unlimited e-books. Other than that I love the service.


As with any service, there are pros and cons and some people will love it while some will not. I think it all comes down to if you are happy reading backlist titles. If you are looking for the day’s hostess books then no you won’t be satisfied with this service, but if you love back links and books with a smaller market, then this may be for you.
If you are still on the fence, you can use my referral code and get two free months so you can try it out for yourself!