Scribd Vs Audible – Audio Book Wars

By audiobookhoarder | Blog

Aug 23

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?

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