So if you’ve been around the blog recently, you’ll notice that I’ve recently (as in, since 2018) become a fan of audio books. I talked about my struggles with them years ago, and then recently shared my revelations about how I’ve gotten them to work for me (listening to them through my bluetooth portable speaker while I do chores around the house has been a godsend). While I love Overdrive and have been using that as the source for most of my audio books, I find that the selections available through my local library can be slow to update and waitlists can be long. While I’ve bought a few audio books through Audible (not using the subscription service, just one offs since I must own the ACOTAR series in every format imaginable), I decided it might be worth trying Scribd again since I’ve started to add audio books more regularly into my reading repertoire.
Full disclosure: I tried Scribd back in 2016 when I was still really struggling with audio books, and I think listened to a few of the Selection novellas with limited engagement and success. They then switched to a points based system and that’s when I jumped ship and canceled my free trial. However, a few bloggers brought to my attention that Scribd went back to the unlimited plan for a flat fee per month so I decided to restart my free trial and give it another shot.
What I’m Liking So Far
I’ve found it pretty easy to navigate the the app is a lot more user friendly (and less laggy) than Overdrive. They have a good selection of both back list and current titles, especially for contemporary YA. Every day when you log onto the app or website there’s also a “Today’s Top Pick” recommendation which I find is usually based on my genre preference, probably discerned from the titles that I’ve saved. You can save all titles in a general list, or even create sub-playlists of titles you want to read/listen to.
How I’m Looking Forward to Using It
What I am really liking about Scribd is that you can stream over wifi, or you can download and listen offline, which I find really helpful when listening during my commute. I have a system where I like to have one audio book, one e-book, and one physical book going at all times. Scribd is making it easier to constantly have an audio book going because there selection is so good and there’s no wait list or restrictions (that I’ve run into at least). I am hoping to listen to at least two audio books per month to make the cost justifiable (less than $10/month so really not that bad, I just want to make sure I’m using it each month and not letting it fall by the wayside!) I honestly though only foresee myself using it for audiobooks because the e-books would need to be read on my iPad, which I’m not a huge fan of doing since I prefer the soft screen of my Kindle Paperwhite.
Most Anticipated Audio Books
So I made a priority TBR list of Scribd so I can keep track of the titles I’m most looking forward to listening to. A lot of them are by new-to-me authors who I’m interested in trying out and/or don’t own any books from yet. I really love how on the mobile app it lists the listening time so clearly underneath each book so you know what sort of commitment you’re getting yourself into when you start one. My first Scribd read is currently Leah on the Offbeat and I love that I was able to access a new release so quickly!
I’d love to hear about your experience using Scribd! Any tips/tricks to share, or trends you’ve noticed? Do you use it for audio books and e-books or just one or the other? How does it stack up to other audio book services? Let me know in the comments!