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Scribd vs. Audible

If you read a lot of books or listen to audiobooks, I’m sure you know Audible, but did you hear about Scribd? In this article, I’m going to try to compare these two services so you could decide which one is better for you.

First, let me tell you what Audible and Scribd really are. Audible is powered by Amazon—it works in a similar way Amazon’s book store works. There is a monthly membership fee of $15, which gives you one free downloadable title a month. If you finish your audio-book before the next month comes, you need to purchase if you want to listen to anything else. Anything you buy on credit or money could be swapped if you don’t like what you bought immediately, and every item you purchase will remain in your position, even if you cancel membership. Scribd, on the other hand, works roughly on the same principles as for example Netflix or Spotify. You have a monthly fee of $8.99 for which you have unlimited access to the full library of Scribd. You can download e-books, audiobooks, newspapers, sheet music…etc. as much as you want, but once you cancel your membership, you will have no more access to anything.

What do they offer?

Well, of course, Scribd cannot come close to competing with Amazon, though Audible and Scribd roughly have the same amount of audiobooks available, which is quite impressive. Scribd has an inventory of about a million titles. That is a lot, though Amazon has between 1 and 2 million titles. The variety of titles is easily won by Amazon and Audible, but think about it, Scribd still has 1 million titles available.

Price, which one is cheaper?

Scribd offers way more for roughly $9 instead of $11. Though I have to remind you that with Scribd you just borrow it, like Netflix, once you don’t pay, your access is gone, but with Audible, if you buy something it’s yours forever. However, with the monthly fee of 11$ only one title can be downloaded, the rest need to be bought with extra credit. Is it enough for you to just borrow your reading material?

My personal opinion for you though is, both Scribd and Audible have a 30-day free trial, go and try it, and decide for yourself.

-By Mark Torocsik

(image courtesy of alswaimel.com)

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