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A Return to the Audible vs Scribd Discussion: What Are My Opinions Now?

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.

Why?

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!
xx

6 thoughts on “A Return to the Audible vs Scribd Discussion: What Are My Opinions Now?

  1. I’ve used—and quit—Audible, but I’ve never used Scribd. Instead, when I had issues with Audible I started trying out Chirp and Libro.fm, and I like both of those well enough that I’ve not yet gone back to Audible. I mean, I have unread Audible books that I’ve still been listening to. But I haven’t bought anything new from Audible, since I’ve been able to find the books I wanted at a reasonable price on either Chirp or Libro.fm.

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  2. I use both, however I use audible more. I find that Scribd doesn’t have many of the books that I want to read – although since I started using the app, this has improved greatly. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so I do tend to use both apps, but it took me a year to use Scribd more regularly. Have you heard of Kobo? I haven’t used that one yet, but apparently that is supposed to be really good too. There’s a Talia Hibbert book that is only on Kobo so I will be trying that one soon.

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      1. Maybe it started out that way? But I think it is available on any device now? At least I can get it on my iphone and there’s an option for a free trial/subscription. I need to look more into it, because you might be right!

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