Scribd is an e-book and audiobook service that was launched in 2007. The platform has more than 60 million documents to choose from, and users can publish their own work. While many individuals use Scribd to access popular book titles for e-readers, it also has business applications. The service is subscription-based, with plans starting at less than $10 per month.
- Access millions of documents, e-books, sheet music, and more
- Includes its own reader
- Audiobooks and comic books available
- Easy To Use
- Large variety of media types
- One subscription price
- Harsh restrictions on monthly downloads
- Some documents available for free in the public domain
- No option for upgrading subscription
Scribd has evolved a great deal since it was launched in 2007. It was originally designed for individuals to upload and share documents. The founder of the platform thought it would be a good alternative to traditional methods of publishing academic papers. Scribd made it possible to get documents published in a shorter period of time. Flash forward to 2018 and Scribd has become a digital library that rivals Audible and other subscription services. It now is a repository for millions of documents, e-books, and audiobook files. Users can gain access to the collection by paying a modest subscription fee. They are then given credits which can be used during the month. Once a user has exhausted their credits, no more downloads are permitted for that month. A basic subscription fee will allow an individual to choose three e-books per month for reading. One audiobook is allowed, and users can have unlimited access to other documents. There are even sheet music files to download. The drawback is that the limited number of credits allotted each month is somewhat restrictive. Also, many of the titles available at Scribd are a part of the public domain. This means they can be accessed for free in a number of online locations. Even though the platform is somewhat limited in what it offers, the options are more extensive than what services like Amazon provide. Scribd is a good platform for individuals that consume different forms of media on a regular basis. Those who can make it through about one audiobook or e-book a month will love it. The voracious consumer will probably find its limitations frustrating to say the least.
Scribd has changed its model and anything you have saved but not read they will pull your access until the end of the month to those titles and half the time will extend it out further. It is wrong for them to advertising the "unlimited benefits". I am not renewing my membership.