Scribd is dubbed The Netflix of Books? Have you ever heard it?
In this Scribd review, Im going to outline what is Scribd, how does it work, what your get with Scribd and is it worth it. By the end of this review, you should be able to decide whether it is worth your time and money or not.
What Is Scribd?
Founded in 2007, Scribd set out to become the #1 option in online libraries. It is the all-in-one subscription service for ebooks, summaries, audiobooks, and magazines. In May 2017, Scribd even brought articles from trusted sources like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and more to its subscription.
According to company statistics, Scribd draws its collection of e-books from over 1,000 publishers including powerhouses such as Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster. Now, Scribd boasts over 40 million titles and 80 million monthly readers worldwide.
How Does Scribd Work?
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial, after which you purchase a monthly membership, and Scribd offers what they claim is unlimited access to their collection. It gives you unlimited access to e-books, audiobooks, sheet music, documents and magazines. You can find titles from publishers like Simon and Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Hachette, Harper Collins and Macmillan but its lacking in indie authors and smaller production publications, making it hard to access some popular titles.
With Scribd app, you can save titles on up to four devices for offline reading and can open any given title on up to six devices.
What Will You Get with Scribd?
Heres what you get with a Scribd subscription:
- Digital magazines and newspapers from the United States, Australia and United Kingdom
- Documents such as research papers, court filings, business templates
- Sheet music
- Snapshots -short summaries on popular non-fiction books
Scribd Review: Is It Worth It?
To be honest, for the $9.99 a month, I dont think Scribd worth the money. Whilst Scribd gives the illusion of being completely unlimited, people who use the app a lot may find themselves faced with some titles greyed out if they consume too much content. Also, you only have access to the full Scribd library for the first 3 or 4 audiobooks per month. After that, they significantly restrict your selection.
If you only get through one book a month, maybe two and you like the subscription model, then a Scribd account would actually be a good choice. However, if youre an avid reader and see Scribds marketing as an $9.99 all-you-can-read smorgasbord, then youre in for a letdown.