Back in April, I discussed and went through the pros and cons I personally felt in regards to Audible and Scribd as audiobook providers. I was getting frustrated with Audible over a couple of issues and at the end of all that I came to the conclusion that Scribd would be the better service for me.
However, we are now a few months down the line from that discussion and I’ve realised I may have been a little hasty in my disapproval of Audible and high praise of Scribd.
Honestly, I used Scribd for that first month and that was it. Afterwards I just started to really recognise how I utilise audiobooks, which ones I listen to, why and when I listen to them and it clicked – audiobooks for me are comfort reads. They’re books and stories I’ve listened to or read many times before and I don’t personally think that is the best use of Scribd as an audiobook library. Also, the books I tend to enjoy are not readily available on any other platform besides Audible so I have to rely on it more.
That being said, after using it a little I can understand Scribd’s popularity and it is a good service if you listen to audiobooks very regularly.
Also, all the criticisms I laid out against Audible in my original post are still very valid. I don’t like the way they do things and I stand by everything I mentioned about the Adult/YA balance when they have member sales, but when I’m after a specific audiobook, it is 99% likely I am going to find it on Audible.
Those cons and criticisms will always be in my mind when browsing the Audible store but I can’t deny what is available at all times. After all, it is the reason for its popularity.
I think where I am going with this is that I can’t stop completely using Audible and Scribd, whilst a rather good service for what it is, is not for me. It doesn’t fit in with my audiobook preferences and it is a case of giving my library audiobook service an opportunity to improve and use that whenever I want to try something new.
If you’ve tried both Audible and Scribd, which do you prefer and why?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!