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Scribd: Audiobooks & ebooks

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Scribd - A Reading Subscription for Audiobooks, Books, Sheet Music & More

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  • img Community
    Dealing with publishers can be a nightmare and bypassing the whole ordeal may be the best strategy for the budding author. With over 1,000,000 subscribers, Scribd is an excellent platform to promote your work. You will be paid a percentage each time readers access your book.
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  • img Expert Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    We put 10 audiobook apps to the test to see which is best for catching up with our reading on the go without breaking the bank.

  • img Expert
    1. The only reading app you need! Scribd makes it easy for you to stay informed through trending information and easy access to reading material
    2. Explore topics, get personalized recommendations, or check out collections hand-picked by industry leaders and editors
    3. Membership includes access to an unlimited number of resources: books, audiobooks, magazines, documents, and more

    Reviewed by Kaylin on March 1, 2019

  • Fabulous service - even with limitations Jan 22, 2019

    By urbansync
    Scribd truly blows Kindle Unlimited (and even Audible to some extent) out of the water, especially if you read a lot of serious non-fiction. They also have an amazing selection of British mystery audio books btw. I have to admit I have not run into the 'limit' problems some others have reported. I have no idea why, but this may well be because I don't tend to check out bestsellers or really popular titles. However, if you are interested in Art, History, Culture, Language etc., I can pretty much assure you that you have discovered Valhalla with Scribd. To me, it's like a massive digital treasure house set up for easy browsing. I often find obscure monographs here I can access nowhere else online for any price. Also rather than waiting weeks to checkout a title via our local library via Overdrive, I usually have instant access through Scribd. That said, I do still have occasional problems with the search function finding a particular title even though it turns up being included after all. Our excellent local library system makes a valiant effort to have many e-books available, but only has a tiny fraction of what I can access via Scribd. Anyway, 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'s - a great value and I am a very satisfied subscriber.
  • Jan 24, 2022

    By JoeyMarie
    Ive been using Scrib'd for going on 5 years now and still loving it! Just a quick tip for anyone who's app is all glitchy, open up your apps section in settings and clear your cache, as well as update in your app store. It doesn't do it automatically. 99 times out of 100 these will completely fix the issue.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By Brandon Reynolds
    This is an amazing resource. I love to read and didn't love audiobooks at first but this app has amazing audiobooks and SUCH a wide array of available books. I found only 2 books that I wanted to read, not available. I have already finished 3 books this month! I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to read or listen to alot of books without having to rent or purchase each book. This is instant, on demand, and for a great price every month! No app is perfect though, so try it out!
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Miz Rich
    Love the POTENTIAL. The app keeps freezing and i have to restart the tablet. Also, right now i have one book available to me. I will have more books available after 2/5/2022. I dont understand the rationale. This is my first month since the free trial and the book availability has decreased tremendously.
  • Scam! Do NOT use. Nov 13, 2019

    By Imaldo10
    I signed up for the 30 day trail to listen to an audio book. I put in my credit card information. Standard stuff. Well, I forgot to cancel within 30 days and got charged a monthly fee. That’s my fault. Here’s where the issues arise. I log on to the website to cancel my membership and neither email that I have was recognized when I tried to log on. No sweat, I clicked forgot pasword to retrieve my password. NEVER received a recovery email. So, I submit a request to see if someone from customer support can assist. After submitting the request, I get a response 8 hours later from TESH, stating that he is unable to locate the account with the email provided. How am I being charged each month if I don’t have an account. He then asks for the last for of my credit card that I used to set up the account to assist him in locating the account. Never hear back from him. That was 2 months ago. I am still being charged monthly and I have no way of canceling the membership because I don’t have an “account”. I’ve submitted multiple help tickets since and I have never received a response back.
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By Justine Faerber
    Update: Scribd has become my favorite reading app for nonfiction (and some fiction too!) and finding fab podcasts. ********************************** loving this app again since the last update fixed the crazy diagonal formatting nonsense. I only hope it will continue to be this wonderful, and not change so much that it becomes impractical or impossible for me to continue using (I'm looking at you, Oyster!)
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Keith Hix
    I love it. Such a better price than audible and there isn't a limit to how many books. It doesn't have quite the library that audible. However, the fact that you can listen to an unlimited amount of books is what won me over and made me decide to go with Scribd. 10/10!! Great app!
  • Fabulous service - even with limitations Jan 22, 2019

    By urbansync
    Scribd truly blows Kindle Unlimited (and even Audible to some extent) out of the water, especially if you read a lot of serious non-fiction. They also have an amazing selection of British mystery audio books btw. I have to admit I have not run into the 'limit' problems some others have reported. I have no idea why, but this may well be because I don't tend to check out bestsellers or really popular titles. However, if you are interested in Art, History, Culture, Language etc., I can pretty much assure you that you have discovered Valhalla with Scribd. To me, it's like a massive digital treasure house set up for easy browsing. I often find obscure monographs here I can access nowhere else online for any price. Also rather than waiting weeks to checkout a title via our local library via Overdrive, I usually have instant access through Scribd. That said, I do still have occasional problems with the search function finding a particular title even though it turns up being included after all. Our excellent local library system makes a valiant effort to have many e-books available, but only has a tiny fraction of what I can access via Scribd. Anyway, 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'s - a great value and I am a very satisfied subscriber.
  • Jan 24, 2022

    By JoeyMarie
    Ive been using Scrib'd for going on 5 years now and still loving it! Just a quick tip for anyone who's app is all glitchy, open up your apps section in settings and clear your cache, as well as update in your app store. It doesn't do it automatically. 99 times out of 100 these will completely fix the issue.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By Brandon Reynolds
    This is an amazing resource. I love to read and didn't love audiobooks at first but this app has amazing audiobooks and SUCH a wide array of available books. I found only 2 books that I wanted to read, not available. I have already finished 3 books this month! I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to read or listen to alot of books without having to rent or purchase each book. This is instant, on demand, and for a great price every month! No app is perfect though, so try it out!
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Miz Rich
    Love the POTENTIAL. The app keeps freezing and i have to restart the tablet. Also, right now i have one book available to me. I will have more books available after 2/5/2022. I dont understand the rationale. This is my first month since the free trial and the book availability has decreased tremendously.
  • Scam! Do NOT use. Nov 13, 2019

    By Imaldo10
    I signed up for the 30 day trail to listen to an audio book. I put in my credit card information. Standard stuff. Well, I forgot to cancel within 30 days and got charged a monthly fee. That’s my fault. Here’s where the issues arise. I log on to the website to cancel my membership and neither email that I have was recognized when I tried to log on. No sweat, I clicked forgot pasword to retrieve my password. NEVER received a recovery email. So, I submit a request to see if someone from customer support can assist. After submitting the request, I get a response 8 hours later from TESH, stating that he is unable to locate the account with the email provided. How am I being charged each month if I don’t have an account. He then asks for the last for of my credit card that I used to set up the account to assist him in locating the account. Never hear back from him. That was 2 months ago. I am still being charged monthly and I have no way of canceling the membership because I don’t have an “account”. I’ve submitted multiple help tickets since and I have never received a response back.
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By Justine Faerber
    Update: Scribd has become my favorite reading app for nonfiction (and some fiction too!) and finding fab podcasts. ********************************** loving this app again since the last update fixed the crazy diagonal formatting nonsense. I only hope it will continue to be this wonderful, and not change so much that it becomes impractical or impossible for me to continue using (I'm looking at you, Oyster!)
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Keith Hix
    I love it. Such a better price than audible and there isn't a limit to how many books. It doesn't have quite the library that audible. However, the fact that you can listen to an unlimited amount of books is what won me over and made me decide to go with Scribd. 10/10!! Great app!
  • Jan 15, 2022

    By Mike Kagy
    Best audiobook app I've found. I love the fact I have many options of literature I can choose from. If I start reading something that does not interest me I can just find something else and I am not locked in to the book for the entire month like other sites.
  • Wanting more clearity about what content is available after saving tittles Oct 1, 2020

    By Cest me
    It seems like a good app, but it’s important to know the limits on how many books you can have. I wish the app developers would build in a stratified system in which you can read or listen to a certain number of books before the second “unlimited” level becomes the only one available. I acknowledge it is probably difficult dealing with publishers, or even perhaps having publishers as a second “costumer.” Im assuming these relationships simply require too much complexity for the average user to understand. On the other hand, I’m wondering if there is a secondary gain to being less than up front about the service. To be fair, the first month is free, and they started pulling titles three weeks before the end of my trail month. I bet statistically fewer users back out once they have signed up though. Foot in the door technique is an old advertising game. I think most literary users can smell it and feel an animosity towards scribd even if that isn’t the developers intent. Who wants to feel anxiety about making the right choice on a book before the various content cut offs engage. Please read other review to learn more about the positives. Besides this complaint, I’ve been enjoying the app.
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By Niki C
    Love the audiobook selection at the beginning of the month, but I think y'all are kind of sneaky for reducing the selection as the month progresses. The app itself is a bit glitchy. It just stops playing randomly even if the book is downloaded. I've tried clearing the cache and reinstalling, no help.
  • User beware, “unlimited memberships” are not actually unlimited! Jan 15, 2020

    By War Eagle To The World
    My unlimited account is consistently shut down each month after week 2 or 3 because I “read too much”. They don’t notify you when you’re approaching your “limit” nor will they explain how many books you can technically access on an UNLIMITED membership before they shut you down until your next billing cycle. As a student who uses Scribd for school assignments as well as for pleasure reading, it is extremely frustrating to sign in to Scribd and not be able to open the books I’ve been reading and using for school assignments. They are known as the “Netflix of books” but thankfully Netflix doesn’t charge me full price and then shut down my account each month because I watch too many movies. “Unlimited” memberships are very much LIMITED, so don’t read too much or else you’re paying for nothing! They try to get around the fact that their cheating their customers by saying “while all of our titles may not be available, there will always be something available to read” but what they leave out is that by “something to read” they mean books that are 100 years old and are also available for free on every other platform because they’re free public access books like Gulliver's Travels and such. Nothing I would ever want to read nor PAY to read when I can access it for free everywhere else. Scribd is amazing for about a week or two, then it’s just a scam that takes your money without providing what you paid for.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Isha Seales
    Great app, easy to use, excellent selection of older and new books! Update: this app has lots of glitches. There are books that appear on the Scribd website that don't show up in the app. Also, suddenly an author whose books you have saved and still have on your home page suddenly no longer appear, neither online nor in the app. Case in point: books by Jenni Fletcher. This author's name doesn't even appear in the listings despite the fact that I have found and read her books on Scribd before.
  • Good app.. horrible customer service Nov 18, 2020

    By Jessbr1988
    This app is the best I’ve seen if it’s kind. You have so many options and they have brand new books very quickly. However, I’ve had an issue with the audiobooks for almost a month. The sound quality was awful and kept skipping. I contacted customer service right away and never received a response. I got tired of waiting for help and cancelled my membership because of it. I can’t justify paying for a service where I only get half of the benefits because the company won’t help me with a huge issue. Update- Scribd contacted me saying they’re backlogged on support tickets. They asked me to update This review with my ticket number so they could escalate my issue to the top of the queue. However, I’m not sure customer service is as backlogged as they stated. I opened a ticket after never receiving a reply on my original one and the next day it said ‘ticket closed’. No reply. Nothing. Just closed as if the issue had been resolved or at the very least addressed. So, I opened another ticket hoping it was just a fluke. Same thing happened. It was closed. Someone in customer service closed the tickets. So, maybe not so backlogged if they could close out my tickets so quickly. The app worked great for me for the year I used it. But I needed help with an issue on the app. I tried every outlet I could to get help before canceling.
  • NOT UNLIMITED-Used to be a great ap-now it’s CRAP Mar 28, 2019

    By grassyhoppar1
    I’ve been a scribd subscriber since it first came out and it used to be amazing-even with a limited library the selections were enough to keep me entertained. Last few months they’ve started throttling my audible books every month to a seemingly obscene extent. When I brought it up to customer service last month they insisted I wasn’t being throttled but it had to do with licensing agreements and release dates for “certain titles” which is BS ... thing is there’s no way to “sample” an audible book without them dinging your usage-so if it’s a crappy book and I quit listening 5min, magically all the titles that WERE available prior to my preview are no longer available until the following month. You can’t convince me that’s not throttling-so “unlimited” audiobooks only applies under Scribd’s jacked up definition of the term. Ridiculously insulted at their scripted response from customer service trying to justify their methods and understand completely why you can’t CALL a customer service line🙄 you can only email and wait days for an unsatisfactory response. The product was way better at its conception. Gonna cancel my Scribd membership and double up on audible-at least they are transparent about exactly what you get for your money, you can preview a book before it counting against you, and if you have a concern-you can talk to a live person that actually values their subscribers and will do the right thing!
  • Shouldn’t Be Called Unlimited* Jan 16, 2019

    By NoNoNanny
    I love listening to audiobooks. It’s a great way for me to pass time at work and while commuting. I don’t have the time to sit down and read a book due to my hectic schedule. That’s where Scribd came in. The advertised ‘unlimited’ was great and understood that some title might come and go from availability. However, this month, I’ve only listened to one audiobook and already have restricted titles. I truly wish Scribd would take customers into account with this sort of thing and try to create a solution instead of their auto-generated responses. I’d be willing to pay an extra charge for “truly unlimited” or even if they offer “5 audiobook listens per month.” The fact that they say unlimited* with the asterisk puts everything up in the air. I wish I knew exactly what I would be getting each month. Perhaps creating a tiered program and being more transparent would avoid the upset customers because we would truly know what we are getting into for the price. Let me be clear, I truly enjoy using Scribd. My only app issue is that I wish it told me exactly how long I have left of a book instead of “7 hour” which could mean anywhere from 7 hours to 7 hours and 59 minutes. I think Scribd is an inexpensive way for busy bibliophiles to get their fix but I think there are issues that Scribd needs to hammer out if they want to keep their customers truly satisfied.
  • Customer Service Doesn’t Exist! Jan 31, 2019

    By BloomyBlondeHearts
    This would be a fantastic app if it wasn’t for the few issues I’ve had. It started when one of the books I was listening just mysteriously disappeared from the Papp with no warning at all (even though they’re supposed to tell you if it does, which will be an important point for the second issue). So I sent them an inquiry about it a few weeks ago and have yet to hear a reply. The BIGGEST issue came when I was listening to the The Wicked King. Now for this one, they were they actually sent me a notification saying the audiobook would leave Scribd on 2/16. An email I still haemve my copy of, by the way. Anyway, I tried playing The Wicked King one day and low and behold it stops working and I keep getting this message saying it’s not available. Well, this goes on for days and I send in another request for Customer Support. I hear nothing for weeks and so I email them about both tickets, and they email becomes a ticket number! I’ve never seen Customer Service take this long! I don’t think they even exist! Also, if you try to search for The Wicked King before 2/16, like I did just now, it doesn’t show up at all! Why say it’ll be there on until 2/16 when that’s clearly not true! Why don’t you send any emails out about these issues and update your customers? Customer Service just doesn’t seem to exist.
  • Scam Nov 7, 2019

    By Lauren20132013
    It’s not unlimited. I can never read past 3 books without everything I have saved (over 270+) books becoming unavailable until the next pay period. As you listen to books, they start trickling away to be unavailable until If you are lucky enough to listen to a third book, they are all unavailable. They always say their catalog “rotates as you listen” but that is not true. I paid for two months and didn’t listen to one book to see what would happen and guess what? Nothing happened. No books became unavailable and not one over my 270+ saved books became unavailable until the next pay period. But guess what? I listened to one book this month and 70% of my saved books became unavailable right before the book was done. Then midway through my second, all of them became unavailable. Sometimes I’ve even had the second book I am listening to shut off halfway and become available next pay period. If you are someone who listens to a book a month maybe two if you are lucky, then sure, this app would work. But for someone who downloaded it and wanted the “unlimited” books, it’s a scam. And look at their real reviews and twitter complaints. People will cancel and still get charged. I mean hundreds of comments complaining of this. I think most of these high ratings are people who haven’t ran into this problem yet or only listen to a book a month.
  • Questionable Service Sep 8, 2020

    By Carey5898
    I listened to two audiobooks through this service in the first week of my free trial - it was amazing the collection they had and I thought I had found my nee favorite service! I was eager to add about ten audiobooks to my library as reminders for what I wanted to try and read next. However, after I finished my second book all but maybe 2-3 books were marked as unavailable until my next billing cycle. I was shocked because earlier in the day they had been available and I had no problems with their availability during that first week. The excuse the app provides is that it‘s due to the publisher, but the books had a wide variety of publishers and why would they suddenly be available the day after I renew my subscription? How does my billing date have anything to do with their publishers? The app clearly puts a cap on what kinds of titles they will allow you to read and their advertising is just blatantly problematic to suggest this is not the case. Also, I noticed as I was looking through ebooks which were about the only things I could find available a lot of them are uploaded by random people in odd formatting, so I feel like something much more questionable is going on with this service! Overall, I would not recommend any avid reader or listener use this service, clearly some type of scam!
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Leslie Rewis
    Extremely hard to cancel this subscription. I was charged twice when I thought I had canceled. Legitimately 4 screens to click cancel over and over on the web and it tries to trick you into keeping the subscription. I wish I had never subscribed.
  • Not unlimited May 26, 2019

    By Bethh32
    I watched available titles dwindle daily as everything listed my next billing date as the available date. I sampled several books, but only read a couple of audiobooks in a months time. Meanwhile, I can’t even search for books because unavailable titles are excluded from search results and literally everything I was searching for was unavailable. I’m talking about entire topics, not just authors. The language they use is vague and misleading at best. They reference materials being unavailable, but it’s basically everything I was looking for. Books already begun would switch to unavailable also. They make it seem as if the availability is arbitrary instead of clarifying exactly how availability works. I asked for clarification and was told to read the vague articles instead of getting an answer with details. Clearly they intend for the process to be mysterious, vague, and arbitrary instead of telling you that the number of items you open is limited. There’s no option to return bad books and actually read something else either. They should have named it enigma. They keep specific mechanics a mystery so they can sucker you into paying for a month or two before you realize what’s going on. We might be able to make the most of it if we knew how to avoid turning every title to unavailable, but that’s top secret.
  • img Community
    Dealing with publishers can be a nightmare and bypassing the whole ordeal may be the best strategy for the budding author. With over 1,000,000 subscribers, Scribd is an excellent platform to promote your work. You will be paid a percentage each time readers access your book.
    img by Danny
    2 years ago
  • img Expert Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    We put 10 audiobook apps to the test to see which is best for catching up with our reading on the go without breaking the bank.

  • img Expert
    1. The only reading app you need! Scribd makes it easy for you to stay informed through trending information and easy access to reading material
    2. Explore topics, get personalized recommendations, or check out collections hand-picked by industry leaders and editors
    3. Membership includes access to an unlimited number of resources: books, audiobooks, magazines, documents, and more

    Reviewed by Kaylin on March 1, 2019

  • Fabulous service - even with limitations Jan 22, 2019

    By urbansync
    Scribd truly blows Kindle Unlimited (and even Audible to some extent) out of the water, especially if you read a lot of serious non-fiction. They also have an amazing selection of British mystery audio books btw. I have to admit I have not run into the 'limit' problems some others have reported. I have no idea why, but this may well be because I don't tend to check out bestsellers or really popular titles. However, if you are interested in Art, History, Culture, Language etc., I can pretty much assure you that you have discovered Valhalla with Scribd. To me, it's like a massive digital treasure house set up for easy browsing. I often find obscure monographs here I can access nowhere else online for any price. Also rather than waiting weeks to checkout a title via our local library via Overdrive, I usually have instant access through Scribd. That said, I do still have occasional problems with the search function finding a particular title even though it turns up being included after all. Our excellent local library system makes a valiant effort to have many e-books available, but only has a tiny fraction of what I can access via Scribd. Anyway, 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'s - a great value and I am a very satisfied subscriber.
  • Jan 24, 2022

    By JoeyMarie
    Ive been using Scrib'd for going on 5 years now and still loving it! Just a quick tip for anyone who's app is all glitchy, open up your apps section in settings and clear your cache, as well as update in your app store. It doesn't do it automatically. 99 times out of 100 these will completely fix the issue.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By Brandon Reynolds
    This is an amazing resource. I love to read and didn't love audiobooks at first but this app has amazing audiobooks and SUCH a wide array of available books. I found only 2 books that I wanted to read, not available. I have already finished 3 books this month! I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to read or listen to alot of books without having to rent or purchase each book. This is instant, on demand, and for a great price every month! No app is perfect though, so try it out!
  • Scam! Do NOT use. Nov 13, 2019

    By Imaldo10
    I signed up for the 30 day trail to listen to an audio book. I put in my credit card information. Standard stuff. Well, I forgot to cancel within 30 days and got charged a monthly fee. That’s my fault. Here’s where the issues arise. I log on to the website to cancel my membership and neither email that I have was recognized when I tried to log on. No sweat, I clicked forgot pasword to retrieve my password. NEVER received a recovery email. So, I submit a request to see if someone from customer support can assist. After submitting the request, I get a response 8 hours later from TESH, stating that he is unable to locate the account with the email provided. How am I being charged each month if I don’t have an account. He then asks for the last for of my credit card that I used to set up the account to assist him in locating the account. Never hear back from him. That was 2 months ago. I am still being charged monthly and I have no way of canceling the membership because I don’t have an “account”. I’ve submitted multiple help tickets since and I have never received a response back.
  • Jan 16, 2022

    By Justine Faerber
    Update: Scribd has become my favorite reading app for nonfiction (and some fiction too!) and finding fab podcasts. ********************************** loving this app again since the last update fixed the crazy diagonal formatting nonsense. I only hope it will continue to be this wonderful, and not change so much that it becomes impractical or impossible for me to continue using (I'm looking at you, Oyster!)
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Keith Hix
    I love it. Such a better price than audible and there isn't a limit to how many books. It doesn't have quite the library that audible. However, the fact that you can listen to an unlimited amount of books is what won me over and made me decide to go with Scribd. 10/10!! Great app!
  • Jan 15, 2022

    By Mike Kagy
    Best audiobook app I've found. I love the fact I have many options of literature I can choose from. If I start reading something that does not interest me I can just find something else and I am not locked in to the book for the entire month like other sites.
  • Jan 10, 2022

    By Carla Vivrette
    I love this app. I enjoy listening to books while I am knitting, walking, or doing housework. The books are very entertaining, clearly read, with very entertaining readers. Very engaging.
  • Have to agree with the other reviews about audio books Mar 7, 2019

    By sailpamc
    3/7/19- though I am disappointed in the limit on audio books, if they had just explained up front, what the * means in regard to them instead of having us figure it out, it would not be so upsetting. So, if you do listen to a lot of audiobooks and not take advantage of the e-books, magazines and other materials, be aware that you may be limited. Third month in and I guess I listen to too many audiobooks because all that appears now are old classic books with black covers no matter what category I choose. For instance The Boxcar Children appears under Contemporary Fiction, Scribd recommends, Mystery, Bestsellers, Mystery, Romance and every category there is. The daily recommendations has disappeared and the top lists have remained the same for over a month. I also get variations of the same canned response when I submit a ticket. This is sad for such poor customer service. I am going back to the public library for my audiobooks. Enjoy the free month and maybe the first paid, they are worth it but beware after that.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Todd Kantor
    So much content! I had Audible for some time, but couldn't justify paying a couple bucks here and there just to get a 3 hr book. Now, with Scribd, I can listen to my hearts content for a cheap, flat fee!
  • Jan 10, 2022

    By Gary Davis
    Love Scribd. It's like Kindle and Audible on steroids. It would be great if the ability to listen to a book and follow along with a text version. And the ability may be there.(??)
  • Unlimited, mostly. Oct 27, 2018

    By Dkgp
    It is unlimited, but it seems that certain books have limits imposed by the publisher, so if you don’t DOWNLOAD the book you want, you just save it (so basically it is on your reading list, but not downloaded), it can be sort of out-of-stock before you get to it. I waited a few weeks until 9/4 for some books I wanted, then a few days after 9/4, some of them already said not available until 10/4, then the date changed to 10/5. I started to worry it was a scam, but on 10/5, I was able to download about a dozen books I’d been waiting for. It is a good value, as long as you are willing to be flexible and wait sometimes. It’s a bit like waiting for books to come back in to the library. But considering the cost of audiobooks retail, it’s a good deal. ** That said, the latest update seems to have a glitch, and keeps crashing about 20 seconds after I start my book. I can listen from my computer, but that is certainly not as convenient. I’ve enjoyed this app for months without a problem, so I really hope they fix this ASAP!
  • Surprisingly excellent Dec 25, 2018

    By mkuethen
    I had tried Scribd before and found it difficult to use, with bugs that prevented me from enjoying it as much as Audible, Kindle, and my library's app. However, it has completely wok me over, and though I still use everything else as well, I find Scribd commonly has the books I was considering purchasing elsewhere or would've had to wait for at the library. Though there are still a few bugs here and there, I've gotten the hang of it and understand much better how it works. Whilst I still wish I could read books on another device (my phone and iPad being backlit really are not preferred reading devices), I'm extremely happy with Scribd and am cancelling my Audible membership subsequently. Never thought the day would come! Two feature requests: being able to have the book sleep at the end of a chapter, and having an adjustable speed (like Libby), though I much prefer the speed options on Scribd to those available on Audible.
  • Both Wonderful & Frustrating Aug 24, 2021

    By der-bingle
    As a pastor, I read a *lot*, and over the last couple of years, Scribd has occupied an increasingly large chunk of that study time, and I am grateful for it. It allows me to read with a much larger breadth than I would otherwise be able to afford. So thank you! That being said, as an everyday user, there are issues that make it downright painful to use at times, in particular highlighting text. It’s absurdly difficult to select what you want on the first time—so much so that I find myself defaulting to a two-step process. Highlight once to select at least most of the desired, and secondly to correct the selection one or both ends. And if the sentence happens to be at the end of a paragraph, all bets are off—invariably the highlight the first letter of the next one as well. Again, I truly appreciate the vast library Scribd provides, but a little UX love would go a loooong way for everyday users fans for life.
  • Good but could be better Feb 15, 2020

    By gabbymia96
    Overall I have enjoyed this app. The materials available suit my tastes, and there is a wide array of types of media available. However, there are a couple of things that could be improved. Currently, you can have only one form of media open at a time, but I would like to be able to listen to the audiobook and have the corresponding ebook open simultaneously. Secondly, while they do have a selection of podcasts, there are only few available and you cannot subscribe to them. You can only save individual episodes which is just not how podcasts are intended to be consumed. Obviously there are many other apps you could use to listen to podcasts, and this app is clearly focused on providing ebooks and audiobooks more than anything else. I think it is worth it to download and utilize the free trial to see if the available titles suit you.
  • Great service, app could be improved a bit Oct 18, 2019

    By dmorris68
    I’ve known Scribd for years as a document management service but didn’t know until recently they were also a commercial media service. After looking at their offering I canceled Audible and Kindle Unlimited and bought an annual subscription. So far, I’m loving it! Some app feedback though. First, please develop a CarPlay-enabled app! Second, the latest version of the app no longer shows the audiobook currently being played. Every time I get in my vehicle now I have to bring up the app and find my audiobook to continue listening. At least move it to the top of the saved list, but it should really be at the very top (or bottom) of the app as the current title like the Audible and Chirp apps do. And with a CarPlay enabled app it would make browsing and switching media from my vehicle touchscreen much easier and safer.
  • Read the other negative reviews..... May 19, 2018

    By E_A_V
    UPDATE: With version 8.5.0, it seems the problem has been fixed. There are still some bugs but I can easily live with them. I love the problem this app solves: it allows me to explore new ideas, new worlds, and to emerge a bigger person. Listening to audiobooks this way is life changing. That said, the app consistently crashes during audiobook playback. I’ve tried everything I can to make it work (changing things in settings, clearing caches, airplane mode, downloading content to offline, and more) but the app almost always crashes after a few minutes and then upon resuming sometimes loses its place. What’s more perplexing is that on occasion it will work without crashing. I’ve reached out via email with “Attention James” with no response whatsoever. It seems like they post that at the end of every negative review as PR. I can not recommend this app until they let us know what is going on and that they are aware that more paying customers than just myself are unable to enjoy their service because of this issue. Look at the other 1 star reviews and then imagine how many others who haven’t reviewed the app have the same issue. Please fix this, Scribd!! And despite the issue, thanks for working on this life changing idea.
  • A blessing for a hopeless book Hoarder like myself Jan 20, 2019

    By BeccaBerneda
    This is the best slection I've seen in any app of this kind (RIP Oyster). But be careful, because if you're particularly voracious they'll crack down on you and limit what you can read. I greatly disagree with their practice of throttling how many books one can be read in any given payment cycle. It matters little to myself, for even with a degree in literature I read at a snail's pace, so I save money either way. However, their lack of transparency towards just how 'unlimited" the plan is makes me weary when I'm browsing books. There's nothing wrong with ascribing to a limitation system, but at least let us know explicitly! Otherwise, I have every intention of commiting to possibly a year subscription. There's no way around it, even if I just read one book, this service is a life saver for this Book Hoarder.
  • Loving it so far! Only one request... Jul 15, 2018

    By morganlynn1992
    I have been an audible member for many years but with rent, bills, other expenses it has been increasingly difficult for me to keep my membership. IN COME ScribD like a shining book superhero complete with cape! 😀 This app is absolutely incredible and the price for the service cannot be beat. I have also been pleasantly surprised at the audiobook selection and narrators for each audiobook I have listen to. Many of them have been narrators I have already come to know and love 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I only have one request: I am blind and use the screen reader voiceover on my iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately to read e-books it is not accessible using this app. Pages cannot be turned. Please fix this. Other than that I could not be happier! Pretty sure I will be ditching my Audible subscription and using ScribD.
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Miz Rich
    Love the POTENTIAL. The app keeps freezing and i have to restart the tablet. Also, right now i have one book available to me. I will have more books available after 2/5/2022. I dont understand the rationale. This is my first month since the free trial and the book availability has decreased tremendously.
  • Wanting more clearity about what content is available after saving tittles Oct 1, 2020

    By Cest me
    It seems like a good app, but it’s important to know the limits on how many books you can have. I wish the app developers would build in a stratified system in which you can read or listen to a certain number of books before the second “unlimited” level becomes the only one available. I acknowledge it is probably difficult dealing with publishers, or even perhaps having publishers as a second “costumer.” Im assuming these relationships simply require too much complexity for the average user to understand. On the other hand, I’m wondering if there is a secondary gain to being less than up front about the service. To be fair, the first month is free, and they started pulling titles three weeks before the end of my trail month. I bet statistically fewer users back out once they have signed up though. Foot in the door technique is an old advertising game. I think most literary users can smell it and feel an animosity towards scribd even if that isn’t the developers intent. Who wants to feel anxiety about making the right choice on a book before the various content cut offs engage. Please read other review to learn more about the positives. Besides this complaint, I’ve been enjoying the app.
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By Niki C
    Love the audiobook selection at the beginning of the month, but I think y'all are kind of sneaky for reducing the selection as the month progresses. The app itself is a bit glitchy. It just stops playing randomly even if the book is downloaded. I've tried clearing the cache and reinstalling, no help.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By PerKat
    great concept but when lostening to an audiobook it keeps shutting off at random times. This is very annoying when doing something that hands aren't free to restart it. fix this issue and I'll change my reiveiw, but most likely the book I'm listening to will be my last on this app
  • Not sure what’s going on Aug 24, 2021

    By Jackdaws1979
    Seems like months I use this service heavily, like when I’m doing research, and the app will start freezing so I can’t use it. Some months I don’t use this app at all. Lots of times books I’m reading disappear. Titles I’ve saved disappear, even when I put them under a list instead of just the “saved” feature. I’m not sure as to what’s going on but y’all need to figure it out and fix it. If we are allowed 3 new titles a month, say so. If this is cumulative, high it should be as in 3 books a month x’s 12 months = 36 new titles a year. And sometimes I look at or start to read a new title and it’s not what I’m looking for or don’t like it then stop reading it. I don’t think that should count as one of our allowed new titles. I switched from kindle to scribd because there is a definite difference for the better with selection of titles but you system needs serious tweaking. I never had a saved book on kindle disappear….period. Even if the book isn’t available it stays in the list so you KNOW what you were or wanted to read AND for if it became available again. Work on these things please!!!
  • Good and Bad Feb 13, 2019

    By Katcar36
    So there’s both good and frustrating sides to this app. Good: 1. Its cheaper than audible or other services I’ve found- and most books I don’t really care to add to my library anyway because I’ll most likely only read or listen to once, so I don’t need the audible purchase option. Bad: 1. It says “unlimited” but in reality it’s only “unlimited for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks most of the books I have bookmarked (that were showing as available) will all of a sudden say “this title will be available on (whatever my renewal date is).” I sent a query about this and was told that it’s because titles are constantly rotating, but I looked on a friends app and the titles I wanted showed as available to her. It’s really just a ploy to get you to renew your subscription each month. Super frustrating!!! (Note: There’s still books available to me at that point, just none that I specifically want). 3. The player works well about 65% of the time. Lately it’s been stopping at the end of every chapter or jumping back two chapters and I have to re-find my place manually— also annoying. For how many books I listen to, it’s still the best deal though.
  • Getting frustrated Jul 22, 2019

    By Micah dunn
    I love scribd, I really do, but for those that have time to listen to multiple books this service is starting to go downhill very fast for me. I usually listen to between 3-6 books per month, easy to stream while at work. 5 months ago I could get into a series and listen to it fully. 3 months ago I could get 2 books into a series then the rest would not be available until the following month. Now I can listen to the first book in a series and can’t listen to any in that series til the next month. I start a separate series and the same thing and the library gets smaller, and smaller, and smaller til now I’m at stuff that I guess is public domain so anyone can record and put it on here and the quality and speech is horrible. I still love this service for its ease and the cost is wonderful but I’m getting frustrated with how much it seems to be penalizing for listening. I contacted customer service, who were great, about this and they said it was due to the way they set up licensing with publishers. It’s getting to the point where my frustration is wearing me out more than it’s worth. I would gladly pay more for a fuller experience.
  • I used to love it... Oct 2, 2018

    By zaya_iz_awsome
    I loved this app and raved about it to anyone who would listen and was using audible about how great the unlimited books were. Unfortunately, in the past 2 months, a “bug”, or more likely rate limiting, ruined it. After listening to 3 books in a 1 month period, everything in my saved was labeled unavailable until the next pay cycle. Thats disappointing. Things in the public domain are still available, of course, but i could (and do) use librevox for those. I have a scribd subscription for contemporary things. Its really disappointing that one of my favorite apps is suddenly disappointing. I get that its expensive to have all of these titles available, and I’d happily pay double what I do now if it meant you would get *actually* unlimited audiobooks, but as it is now, I dont know. Its still a better deal than their competitors, I just wish they wouldn’t call their service unlimited because it’s not. Maybe this is actually a bug, like their FAQ says, but its been doing this for the past 3 months so I don't think it is. Maybe its time to look for a new audiobook provider.
  • Accessibility features Jun 21, 2020

    By Demarco504
    First off I wanna say that I love this app. I recommend it to people all the time so that I can get the free months..haha I haven’t paid in months. My only issue with Scribd at the moment is that I am visually impaired and I currently rely on ebooks to read all my content. I like audiobooks it’s great, but I also like to sit down and read. My issue with Scribd app is that the font only gets so big and that’s why I can’t fully commit to just using Scribd alone. In the visually impaired community we do consume a lot of audiobooks so scribers great for that. But then there are other people who still like to read and increase the font but on this platform the phone only gets so big so it’s kind of annoying. It forces me to go back to Kindle and iBooks to read my books there because I can increase the font a lot larger than a Scribd has to offer. So that’s my reason for not given it five stars other than that everything is great I hope they can make that update I don’t see why it’s a big deal just increase the font in a new update
  • I wish I knew what I was getting into Apr 18, 2020

    By cottagegrandma
    I got scribd when everyone else did, around the time they announced their extended free trial. I love audiobooks, but audible is too expensive and a service like overdrive doesn’t have what I’m looking for 8/10 times. Primarily I want to use the audiobook feature and I see the ebooks as a fun bonus as they aren’t really my thing. I was severely disappointed when I saw what other commentators pointed out, that audiobooks slowly start disappearing from your library the more you read until your next pay period. (This doesn’t apply to ebooks from what I’ve seen, but that isn’t what I joined the service for.) It would be one thing if that’s what was advertised to me, as I still will regularly use it as it’s the only subscription of its kind with a cost I can afford and I understand the issue with expensive licensing. I only wish it was made clear to me from the beginning that books disappear the more you read and what exactly my limit is.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By Isha Seales
    Great app, easy to use, excellent selection of older and new books! Update: this app has lots of glitches. There are books that appear on the Scribd website that don't show up in the app. Also, suddenly an author whose books you have saved and still have on your home page suddenly no longer appear, neither online nor in the app. Case in point: books by Jenni Fletcher. This author's name doesn't even appear in the listings despite the fact that I have found and read her books on Scribd before.
  • Good app.. horrible customer service Nov 18, 2020

    By Jessbr1988
    This app is the best I’ve seen if it’s kind. You have so many options and they have brand new books very quickly. However, I’ve had an issue with the audiobooks for almost a month. The sound quality was awful and kept skipping. I contacted customer service right away and never received a response. I got tired of waiting for help and cancelled my membership because of it. I can’t justify paying for a service where I only get half of the benefits because the company won’t help me with a huge issue. Update- Scribd contacted me saying they’re backlogged on support tickets. They asked me to update This review with my ticket number so they could escalate my issue to the top of the queue. However, I’m not sure customer service is as backlogged as they stated. I opened a ticket after never receiving a reply on my original one and the next day it said ‘ticket closed’. No reply. Nothing. Just closed as if the issue had been resolved or at the very least addressed. So, I opened another ticket hoping it was just a fluke. Same thing happened. It was closed. Someone in customer service closed the tickets. So, maybe not so backlogged if they could close out my tickets so quickly. The app worked great for me for the year I used it. But I needed help with an issue on the app. I tried every outlet I could to get help before canceling.
  • Shouldn’t Be Called Unlimited* Jan 16, 2019

    By NoNoNanny
    I love listening to audiobooks. It’s a great way for me to pass time at work and while commuting. I don’t have the time to sit down and read a book due to my hectic schedule. That’s where Scribd came in. The advertised ‘unlimited’ was great and understood that some title might come and go from availability. However, this month, I’ve only listened to one audiobook and already have restricted titles. I truly wish Scribd would take customers into account with this sort of thing and try to create a solution instead of their auto-generated responses. I’d be willing to pay an extra charge for “truly unlimited” or even if they offer “5 audiobook listens per month.” The fact that they say unlimited* with the asterisk puts everything up in the air. I wish I knew exactly what I would be getting each month. Perhaps creating a tiered program and being more transparent would avoid the upset customers because we would truly know what we are getting into for the price. Let me be clear, I truly enjoy using Scribd. My only app issue is that I wish it told me exactly how long I have left of a book instead of “7 hour” which could mean anywhere from 7 hours to 7 hours and 59 minutes. I think Scribd is an inexpensive way for busy bibliophiles to get their fix but I think there are issues that Scribd needs to hammer out if they want to keep their customers truly satisfied.
  • Customer Service Doesn’t Exist! Jan 31, 2019

    By BloomyBlondeHearts
    This would be a fantastic app if it wasn’t for the few issues I’ve had. It started when one of the books I was listening just mysteriously disappeared from the Papp with no warning at all (even though they’re supposed to tell you if it does, which will be an important point for the second issue). So I sent them an inquiry about it a few weeks ago and have yet to hear a reply. The BIGGEST issue came when I was listening to the The Wicked King. Now for this one, they were they actually sent me a notification saying the audiobook would leave Scribd on 2/16. An email I still haemve my copy of, by the way. Anyway, I tried playing The Wicked King one day and low and behold it stops working and I keep getting this message saying it’s not available. Well, this goes on for days and I send in another request for Customer Support. I hear nothing for weeks and so I email them about both tickets, and they email becomes a ticket number! I’ve never seen Customer Service take this long! I don’t think they even exist! Also, if you try to search for The Wicked King before 2/16, like I did just now, it doesn’t show up at all! Why say it’ll be there on until 2/16 when that’s clearly not true! Why don’t you send any emails out about these issues and update your customers? Customer Service just doesn’t seem to exist.
  • Scribd service is good, the App is terrible Oct 28, 2020

    By elzia2020
    I’ve started listening to audiobooks to help me fall asleep at night. With every “update” of the app, a new glitch seems to occur. The last time, all of the books on my Saved list would shut the app down each time I attempted to open them on my IPhone. Customer service was exactly ZERO help in resolving the issue. It took them nearly a week to even respond, and even then, it was with an article “related to my issue”, which was not related to my issue, nor was the advice helpful. I finally resolved that issue by deleting the Scribd app from my phone and then reinstalling it. A fix they never mentioned. Last night, all of the books on my Saved list that I have not finished now sound like they are spoken on the other side of a large fan, quiet, loud, quiet, loud, quiet, loud...with some words being cut off...like a strobe light for sound. They are unlistenable! Only books I’ve completed do not have the issue. Deleting the app and reinstalling had no effect, nor did doing a hard reboot of my IPhone. So variety and price of Scribd is fine, although I wish they’d add new titles more frequently. But the customer service and iOS App are terrible and I’m reaching the limits of my patience with them.
  • NOT UNLIMITED!!! Feb 1, 2020

    By Honeschool
    I have been a Scribd subscriber for at least 6 years it used to offer “unlimited” books to read and gave you 3 audiobooks each month. Then, they changed their marketing to say that everything was “unlimited”. THIS IS NOT TRUE! After you have listened or even sampled about 3 audiobooks, they make their audiobooks “unavailable”—they don’t say that though. You just go in to search for another book and all titles disappear and the only thing available are Librovox titles (free to public on other sites) and a few meditation books. Even your saved books will not work. I like the app but I wish they were honest about what they are doing!! It would be better to go back to the old way where you knew exactly how many audiobooks you had left for the month. Now, there is no warning and you don’t know when the titles will disappear. This is very frustrating!! Oh, and if you just sample a book—it counts as one of the audiobooks you get. I’ve been reading reviews on other websites and they have a lot of unhappy customers and people closing their accounts. Customer service just gives a scripted answer denying that this is what they do. Read the other reviews.
  • Not unlimited... Oct 26, 2018

    By Smoking 409
    I feel like the person that posted before me. I would be willing to pay way more for a service that actually let me read what I search for. The first few months were great! I loved this service so much, until a few months back when I began getting limited on available books. Nearly every book I searched for was suddenly not available until the renewal date and many times not even then. Now if I do an author search right before my eyes they ALL change to the next month's renewal! What's this about? The only ones it may let me listen to from the author is the Abridged versions which I do not want. It was just audiobooks but as of this morning it's books as well. I do listen a lot but there's just no excuse for saying UNLIMITED and READ WITHOUT LIMITS in the advertising and it being untrue. I have written in several times and each time it's just a lot of nonsense thrown at you with no real help. And I would LOVE to just SPEAK TO A REAL PERSON but they have no telephones. Kinda strange... LOVE the idea of this service and LOVED this service in the beginning, still love it when it works out but it is getting increasingly harder to deal with. Bring it back to the way it was, please guys!
  • Sheet Music Too Small and Blurry When Zoomed In Dec 26, 2020

    By musicmankeys3333
    There is an excellent selection of piano sheet music on Scribd that includes many styles and genres as well as method books. As someone who love playing new music each day I was excited about their large collection of music and being able to easily access music through the subscription. Unfortunately, the music is small and difficult to read. When I zoom in, the music become larger but blurry which makes it difficult to read the notes on the staff. I have tried reading the music from a 27” screen directly in front of the keyboard and also on an iPad placed on the music stand. It is difficult to read the music from both screens without straining. There needs to be a way to enlarge the music. Scroll view is slightly better than horizontal but more difficult to turn pages as you play. I hope the developers will add better reading features for sheet music. With better viewing options, this subscription would absolutely be worth 5 stars with their wide selection of piano music. For now, I will hold off on subscribing to Scribd for sheet music until there are better viewing options.
  • Beyond glitchy app Sep 17, 2020

    By courtnaymarie
    This app is so glitchy it’s ridiculous. Shuts down for no reason all the time, will buffer randomly for very long periods of time that no amount of restarting will solve (5-10 mins frequently on my iPhone 11 and is not related to my wifi, data plan, etc, I’ve checked all that). Also, there is no discernible rhyme or reason on how to choose books to listen to without losing access to other books for weeks at a time. I understand that to keep the cost low they need to limit popular titles but I’ll listen to 20 mins of a book and then be shut out from choosing 150+ other books in my cue. Again I agree limits to help keep costs low is fine, but there should be a tier system or something like that so you can choose what you want to have access to rather than this disorganized approach. I originally would have given it three stars because it is more cost effective than audible and other apps but the app interface and usability has recently really gone down hill to the point that I am seriously considering canceling, especially since audible recently introduced unlimited listening for a significant amount of titles.
  • Poor Choice for Avid Listeners Jul 6, 2020

    By Cam Galla
    I listen to audiobooks on Audible, Scribd, and listen for free using my library card using the app Libby or Overdrive. I was attracted to Scribd after reading a positive review however have been disappointed. Scribd enacts limits on paying subscribers based on what you listen to and we are provided with no indication of how a title may influence the availability of other titles we’ve added to our ‘saved’ list. For instance, after I just started listening to a short 3 hour popular title, more than five titles I had previously put on a saved list became unavailable to me for about a month, probably until my subscription is supposed to renew. I later decided I wasn’t interested in the 3 hour book I started listening to, but the damage has been done and I cannot listen to a large portion of titles despite paying for Scribd. It’s like paying for a gym membership that tells you you can only use the treadmills for two hours a month. Sure they assure you you’re still allowed to use the other equipment for now, but would you be happy?
  • User beware, “unlimited memberships” are not actually unlimited! Jan 15, 2020

    By War Eagle To The World
    My unlimited account is consistently shut down each month after week 2 or 3 because I “read too much”. They don’t notify you when you’re approaching your “limit” nor will they explain how many books you can technically access on an UNLIMITED membership before they shut you down until your next billing cycle. As a student who uses Scribd for school assignments as well as for pleasure reading, it is extremely frustrating to sign in to Scribd and not be able to open the books I’ve been reading and using for school assignments. They are known as the “Netflix of books” but thankfully Netflix doesn’t charge me full price and then shut down my account each month because I watch too many movies. “Unlimited” memberships are very much LIMITED, so don’t read too much or else you’re paying for nothing! They try to get around the fact that their cheating their customers by saying “while all of our titles may not be available, there will always be something available to read” but what they leave out is that by “something to read” they mean books that are 100 years old and are also available for free on every other platform because they’re free public access books like Gulliver's Travels and such. Nothing I would ever want to read nor PAY to read when I can access it for free everywhere else. Scribd is amazing for about a week or two, then it’s just a scam that takes your money without providing what you paid for.
  • NOT UNLIMITED-Used to be a great ap-now it’s CRAP Mar 28, 2019

    By grassyhoppar1
    I’ve been a scribd subscriber since it first came out and it used to be amazing-even with a limited library the selections were enough to keep me entertained. Last few months they’ve started throttling my audible books every month to a seemingly obscene extent. When I brought it up to customer service last month they insisted I wasn’t being throttled but it had to do with licensing agreements and release dates for “certain titles” which is BS ... thing is there’s no way to “sample” an audible book without them dinging your usage-so if it’s a crappy book and I quit listening 5min, magically all the titles that WERE available prior to my preview are no longer available until the following month. You can’t convince me that’s not throttling-so “unlimited” audiobooks only applies under Scribd’s jacked up definition of the term. Ridiculously insulted at their scripted response from customer service trying to justify their methods and understand completely why you can’t CALL a customer service line🙄 you can only email and wait days for an unsatisfactory response. The product was way better at its conception. Gonna cancel my Scribd membership and double up on audible-at least they are transparent about exactly what you get for your money, you can preview a book before it counting against you, and if you have a concern-you can talk to a live person that actually values their subscribers and will do the right thing!
  • Scam Nov 7, 2019

    By Lauren20132013
    It’s not unlimited. I can never read past 3 books without everything I have saved (over 270+) books becoming unavailable until the next pay period. As you listen to books, they start trickling away to be unavailable until If you are lucky enough to listen to a third book, they are all unavailable. They always say their catalog “rotates as you listen” but that is not true. I paid for two months and didn’t listen to one book to see what would happen and guess what? Nothing happened. No books became unavailable and not one over my 270+ saved books became unavailable until the next pay period. But guess what? I listened to one book this month and 70% of my saved books became unavailable right before the book was done. Then midway through my second, all of them became unavailable. Sometimes I’ve even had the second book I am listening to shut off halfway and become available next pay period. If you are someone who listens to a book a month maybe two if you are lucky, then sure, this app would work. But for someone who downloaded it and wanted the “unlimited” books, it’s a scam. And look at their real reviews and twitter complaints. People will cancel and still get charged. I mean hundreds of comments complaining of this. I think most of these high ratings are people who haven’t ran into this problem yet or only listen to a book a month.
  • Questionable Service Sep 8, 2020

    By Carey5898
    I listened to two audiobooks through this service in the first week of my free trial - it was amazing the collection they had and I thought I had found my nee favorite service! I was eager to add about ten audiobooks to my library as reminders for what I wanted to try and read next. However, after I finished my second book all but maybe 2-3 books were marked as unavailable until my next billing cycle. I was shocked because earlier in the day they had been available and I had no problems with their availability during that first week. The excuse the app provides is that it‘s due to the publisher, but the books had a wide variety of publishers and why would they suddenly be available the day after I renew my subscription? How does my billing date have anything to do with their publishers? The app clearly puts a cap on what kinds of titles they will allow you to read and their advertising is just blatantly problematic to suggest this is not the case. Also, I noticed as I was looking through ebooks which were about the only things I could find available a lot of them are uploaded by random people in odd formatting, so I feel like something much more questionable is going on with this service! Overall, I would not recommend any avid reader or listener use this service, clearly some type of scam!
  • Jan 18, 2022

    By Leslie Rewis
    Extremely hard to cancel this subscription. I was charged twice when I thought I had canceled. Legitimately 4 screens to click cancel over and over on the web and it tries to trick you into keeping the subscription. I wish I had never subscribed.
  • Not unlimited May 26, 2019

    By Bethh32
    I watched available titles dwindle daily as everything listed my next billing date as the available date. I sampled several books, but only read a couple of audiobooks in a months time. Meanwhile, I can’t even search for books because unavailable titles are excluded from search results and literally everything I was searching for was unavailable. I’m talking about entire topics, not just authors. The language they use is vague and misleading at best. They reference materials being unavailable, but it’s basically everything I was looking for. Books already begun would switch to unavailable also. They make it seem as if the availability is arbitrary instead of clarifying exactly how availability works. I asked for clarification and was told to read the vague articles instead of getting an answer with details. Clearly they intend for the process to be mysterious, vague, and arbitrary instead of telling you that the number of items you open is limited. There’s no option to return bad books and actually read something else either. They should have named it enigma. They keep specific mechanics a mystery so they can sucker you into paying for a month or two before you realize what’s going on. We might be able to make the most of it if we knew how to avoid turning every title to unavailable, but that’s top secret.
  • Highly Restrictive Caps on Content - Throttling Apr 4, 2021

    By JcSstop
    Scribd throws a a lot of misleading terms at you (looking at you “rotating content”) designed to confuse, but the more you read or listen to any current books they put caps or throttle your content. You won’t know when it will happen but suddenly you won’t be able to read or listen to the next thing until a future date (next month). Scribd says well you can find something else then. Like you didn’t sign up to actually listen or read what you want instead of some cruddy piece of content they’ll actually let you access. Essentially they are cheap and instead of better contracts with publishers which would improve access for all they take your money and then throttle you. If you use Libby, Overdrive in conjunction you may be able to avoid also having an Audible account; but be selective so you can try to get your priority content when you want it. Careful with fallback titles while you wait tho, it can push back dates for the stuff you want without any notice whatsoever. Scribd, if you really want to please your subscribers, improve your publisher agreements, make your throttling caps transparent and stop using your shady language to hide what everyone already knows. Grow up and treat your subscribers better please.
  • It’s getting worse.... and it’s not unlimited Sep 4, 2018

    By Los0990
    It’s a lie, it’s not unlimited. Also all my saved books were moved to not ready until my subscription renews. So yeah I’m paying for “unlimited” but I’m not getting it. I knew it was too good to be true. The annoying thing is when you submit a ticket all they give you a bunch of legal bs about how they have to remove some books from unlimited bc of the publisher. Funny how my wife who also has it and has a separate account has the book I want but mine says not available. It’s getting frustrating for sure. The latest in this lie of an app is that at the end of the month you get a wonderful email saying x amount of books are available.... and they are not. My wife had 20 books available and when she jumped on the app only two we actually available and the rest are now available soon for the next month!!! So you will wait a whole month then nope still not ready. That’s my whole issue with Scribd they are false advertising with unlimited and don’t tell to what your limit is. I’m fine with limited I understand it but at least informed your customer what those limits actually are. If they said you get 5-7 books hell I’ll take that over who knows you might get that book you been waiting all month long for....
  • Love, but some bugs Jan 1, 2021

    By P.Juhl
    Scribd is my favorite app. I got the trial several months ago to look at some pdfs, with the intention of canceling it after, but then I realized that it has audiobooks and I’ve used it every day since. There are, however, a couple of bugs that need to be worked out. For one, if you ever pause the book you’re listening to, the app almost immediately closes in the background. So, if I pause it to talk to somebody, and then go right back, I can’t just hit “play” to resume; I have to actually reopen the app and wait for it to load, and then start listening again. The second one is that audiobooks have a common tendency to skip back when you are away for a while—sometimes skipping back more than an hour. I’ll be listening one night and be, say, 5 hours in, and then I’ll come back the next day to find that it has reverted back to 3:45. This is very frustrating because I listen frequently for short stints, so if I am listening 4 different times a day, and, every time, I come back to find I have to skip forward 30 seconds at a time to find my place again, it takes a good 8 minutes every time to find it. Giving one star until the problem is resolved, then I’ll update to 5 stars.
  • Be prepared for a lot of frustration Aug 4, 2019

    By M88key
    The selection is quite good, and I want to love this service, but it has a fatal flaw. When listening to audiobooks, the app advances to the next chapter maybe 50% of the time (if that). At the other times, it freezes, skips backward in chapters, or just locks up with a message of “loading” (whether or not the audiobook is downloaded to the device). I am running an updated app on a brand-new iPhone XR with tons of free space. The app has been like this for a couple years, through many updates. It was like this on my last two iPhones as well. It does this with every audiobook (I have listened to dozens). If these inexcusable and usability-impairing issues could one day be fixed, this could easily be a must-have. For now, just be prepared to deal with these issues. To manage, I close the app and restart it every 5-10 minutes, often sorting through my whole list of audiobooks to find the one I was just listening go and trying to select the right chapter out of the table of contents. I keep the service because I listen to more audiobooks than my audible credits will ever allow, but it is extremely frustrating and just nonsensical why these software issues have persisted for so, so long.

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