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Aug 29

Playster vs Audible – Audiobook Wars – Which is best?

By audiobookhoarder | Audiobook Wars , Blog

Welcome to Playster vs Audible - the showdown! Which audiobook subscription service is best? It's hard to say, both have their advantages and disadvantages, but in this post we'll be going through each of the pros and cons for each service and coming to a conclusion to help you understand which audiobook subscription service you should be giving your money.

Contender #1 - Playster

Playster is our first contender in this battle of Audible vs Playster. Playster doesn't just offer audiobooks, Playster offers a wide variety of media including movies, music, regular books and even video games. However, they are all charged separately, so you can just get Playster for the audiobook service if that is what interests you.

Playster was founded in 2014 and it can be accessed using any normal web browser on Windows or Mac. It is also accessible on iOS and android devices.

Regarding pricing, Playster is the definite winner here with $14.95 per month for the basic version (which allows access to all "basic" books) and $29.95 per month for the Premium plan. I've found that the premium plan is well worth the money as the variety and quality of the audiobooks on offer is much better.

Contender #2 - Audible

Welcome to our second contender - Audible. Audible is a big name in this space and it is owned by Amazon. They have a massive library with every kind of audiobook you can think of.

However, Audibles pricing structure is very different. You get credits that can be redeemed for audiobooks. for $14.95/month you get 1 credit per month and for $22.95 per month you get 2 credits per month. There is a rollover of credits of up to 5 credits for the Gold plan and 10 credits for the Platinum plan.

In terms of what is available, their is a much better selection for Audible compared to Playster, however Playster is much, much more affordable if you are planning on listening to more than 1 or 2 audiobooks per month.

If you're a bit of an audiobook addict, like me, you might want to try out Playster to see if they have the titles you are interested in.

So, who wins?

This was a tough one to compare two great services, but Playster clearly wins the best value for your money and if you're someone who listens to a lot of audibooks, it's definitely worth giving them a try. However, if you only have a few select audiobooks you want to listen to and they are not available on Playster, Audible might be the right fit for you.

Aug 23

Scribd Vs Audible – Audio Book Wars

By audiobookhoarder | Blog

Scribd Vs Audible - which is better? You're about to find out! Welcome to Audio Book Wars.

In this post we'll be comparing Scribd and Audible and highlighting the unique features each service has. If you're unsure which service to use, this post should help you decide! So without further delay, let's get started!

Contender #1 - Scribd

Scribd is the underdog in this fight, they are a much smaller company than Audible, but they have plenty to offer! They were founded in March 2007 by Jared Friendman, Tikhon Bernstam and Trip Adler but it didn't start it's subscription service until 2013 and they added Audio books so it's service in November 2014. Since then it has grown to over 80 million users and it is often referred to as "the Netflix of books".

Scribd has apps for Android, iOS and also the Kindle Fire, Nook, Mac and Windows personal computers.

As a Scribd subscriber you can check out unlimited audio books and regular books a month from a variety of publishers including Lonely Planet, Perseus Book Group, Wiley, Workman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harlequin, Bloomsbury and Simon & Schuster. The cost is only $8.99 per month and there is a 30 day free trial.

Contender #2 - Audible

Audible is the big boy in this fight, they're owned by Amazon after being bought in 2008. Their audio book catalogue is comprehensive and includes more than 200,000 audio programs from tons of leading audio book publishers.

Audible is compatible with iOS devices (iPhones, iPods and iPads), Android devices, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Kindle Oasis, Sandisk MP3 Players, Creative MP3 players, VictorReader Stream, BrailleNote, Garmin, Mac and Windows computers.

As an Audible subscriber you receive between 1 and 2 credits per month depending on your plan, there are no regular books included. Their plans are $14.95 per month for 1 credit and $22.95 per month for 2 credits. Most audio books can be purchased for 1 credit, however some books require 2 credits and some smaller, short books only cost half a credit.

So, who wins in the battle of Audible vs Scribd?

It depends on what books you want to read, but Scribd clearly wins in terms of bang for your buck, you don't have to worry about redeeming an audio book that you don't like and you also get regular books available as well if you fancy a regular text-based book. Audible does have some better publishers though. If you can find the books you want to read on Scribd, we recommend going with them. And with a 30 day free trial, why not give it a try?