14 August 2020

All The Reasons to Love Scribd

As I wrote back when I shared with you all the reasons I can't live without my e-Reader, I love physical books wholeheartedly. Nonetheless, printed books are expensive! (Especially if you are a literature uni student who must write a thesis). Since I do not want to declare bankruptcy due to my book obsession and uni, I made one of my best bookish decisions yet: I subscribed to Scribd. Now, who is ready to know all the reasons I have been gushing about Scribd?

Relate Blog Post. I Love My e-Reader

๐ŸŒป First and foremost, what is Scribd? 

Scribd is a digital reading subscription that includes over one million e-books and audiobooks on its catalogue, as well as magazines, podcasts, academic essays, and music sheets. It is a monthly subscription service that gives you access to all of this content without paying extra.

"Over one million e-books and audiobooks." ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

So, how did  I learn about Scribd? Back in March/April, when Evelina @Avalinah's Books mentioned Scribd on Twitter, I did not know anything about this bookish service that has been around since 2007 (I live under a rock, okay?). Of course, I decided to take a peek at this kind of sorcery that gives you access to thousands and thousands of e-books and audiobooks. It was love at first sight. ๐Ÿ’›However, after a pro and cons list and lots of querying, I finally subscribe for a 30 days trial. Many months later, I'm still with Scribd. Today I wanted to share with you why I'm having such a fantastic experience.

Note: Before diving into it, I need to add that I use an iPad (and sometimes iPhone) to access Scribd. Thus, I will be discussing my experience using the app.

๐ŸŒป Scribd is your personal BOOK HEAVEN! ๐ŸŒป

Obviously. Every month I pay around ten euros to have access to thousands of books. As an international reader, I confess I rather pay this amount to have access to a never-ending library (okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get the point, right?) than spend it on a new physical book that I may or may not like. On Scribd, for every book I'm not so fond of reading, I enjoy and/or fall in love with five books.

In case you don't know, academic books are expensive! They can cost between €30,00 to €100,00 -- most times, these even cost above one hundred euros! How can a lit researcher in the making survive?! To uni students and researchers (or anyone who loves reading non-fiction and critical essays), Scribd is a blessing. Throughout the last months, I have had access to critical essays that I can use on my academic work, and I did not have to sell my soul to the Devil.

I believe Scribd is perfect for international readers -- especially because we don't have to pay shipping costs (we all know sometimes shipping costs can be higher than the book itself). But are all the titles available in every country? Sadly the answer is "no." Although Scribd is worldwide (unless your country authorities or local service provider blocked it), some titles are not available outside the US/UK due to the agreements with the publishers. But there we still lots and lots of books to love!

"This is gonna be the best book ever!" Agnes, you are so right!

But these types of subscription services only have old books, you say. Not true, I tell you. Scribd might not have on its catalogue a new release as soon as it is launched (as far as I know), but you can always find recent and popular books. When I tell you the books are very recent, they are VERY BUT VERY RECENT! Like published in 2020. If you can't find the e-book, you can find the audiobook.

Just the other day, I was scrolling through Scribd's catalogue, and I discovered By The Book by Amanda Sellet, Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon, The Thief Among the Trees by Sabaa Tahir with Nicole Andelfinger and Sonia Liao, Running by Natalia Sylvester... The just list goes on and on and on! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š

For me, one of the perks of this service is that it gives you book recommendations. If you read this book, you may like *long list of similar books*. If you do not know what to read next, Scribd will give you options. HUNDREDS OF OPTIONS! In the recommendation section, I have actually found some hidden gems and/or books I wanted to read a thousand years ago but never got the chance. To tell the truth, I may or may not have lost myself on Scribd's catalogue for a few hours to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Gosh, Scribd has so much stuff that I want to read!

Moreover, if you use the app, you can read or listen to books offline. You can download the e-book/audiobook to your device (downloads are very quick) and read/listen to it whenever you want. Just don't forget to check if your device is charged. After finishing the book, you can delete the downloaded file. The best part is that the title will still be on the "saved" section, and your favourite quotes will still be highlighted in the "notes" section. You only lose complete access to the content (even the one you downloaded) if you cancel your subscription.

Now, I'm sure you are wondering: do the authors benefit from Scribd? We all love our authors, and we don't want to hurt their writing. Of course, we will ask ourselves if the authors benefit from this subscription service. I did some digging (aka I put my research skills to use), and here is what Scribd has to say about it:
"Scribd has deals with our authors and publishing partners concerning payment for all membership content. Basically, every time you read a premium title or listen to an audiobook, we pay the author the full price of their work! Revenue that Scribd earns from monthly membership fees is paid to the original publishers or authors every time you read their work on Scribd."
Every time you read a book on Scribd (when you flip the very last page, you will be able to mark the book as read), the author is paid. And I truly hope so! But I must confess this statement has raised some issues: can I cheat and mark a book as read without actually reading it, and the author/publisher will be paid? Or is there an algorithm controlling me, making sure I'm reading the book and not just flipping pages? If so, everyone has a different reading pace -- how long does Scribd "think" it takes to read a page? ๐Ÿค”

๐ŸŒป But is Scribd all sunshine and rainbows?

Throughout my experience, the only downside of Scribd is that its catalogue is rotative. This means some books you saved become temporarily unavailable and will come back at a later date (last time it happened, I waited a month for the title to return). Also, some books became unavailable after I saved them. ๐Ÿ˜ข I think that might have happened because the conditions regarding the deal between the publishers and Scribd changed. Or perhaps because I reside outside the US/UK. I don't know. So far, none of the "no longer available" books has returned.

*Me waiting for those books to return.*

So this is the summary of my Scribd experience. Have I tempted you to join Scribd? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Disclosure: For each new subscriber who uses my referral link, I receive 30 days of free membership time to my subscription, which will be used to improve my little corner and to work on my thesis.

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  1. I’m always tempted by these book subscription service things. I want to try them, but I have so many unread books sitting around that I’d feel guilty!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. Great post, I was nodding along the whole time I was reading this because I agree, Scribd is great for voracious bookworms, especially readers who get through a lot of books but don’t necessarily have unlimited funds to fuel such a habit. There are a lot of books on there, and it is disappointing when someone disappear after you’ve saved them but I suppose it’s to do with their publisher deals, you can only listen to so many premium reads before you have to wait a month for titles to become available again. I’m enjoying it because it means I can listen to a lot more audiobooks as I work, audiobooks are expensive, not as widely avail either from my library and a great way for me to do more reading. It can be annoying to see titles disappear but I know they’ll be back again. I do worry the publishers and authors are being appropriately compensated but I think they are, that’s why there are certain limits in place.

  3. I guess I'm living under a rock too. LOL!! I've never heard of Scribd before.
    Although I always love the sounds of these subcription services.. I already have so many books to read.

  4. I don't know about Scribd at all, but then - I also live under a rock. One huge rock called Africa!! I will play around a bit and see if we can access it.

    Book subscriptions are expensive in SA, mainly due to exchange rate. Audible for instance, work out way more than buying a couple of books on sale.

    I think your post was lovely and very informative! Your blog is also gorgeous. Well done!

    Have a great week ahead.

  5. I keep meaning to check Scribd and keep forgetting it exists, thanks for the reminder!

  6. Great post! I just started using Scribd last month and I really love it so far. I've been impressed by the selection and how easy the app is to use.

  7. I hadn't really heard much about Scribd---thanks for introducing me to it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction