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Scribd Review

Scribd makes reading accessible no matter if you’re driving in the car or reading an ebook on a plane. With more than 40 million published books and documents and easy-to-use technology, Scribd is perfect for people who are constantly on the go but want to read more.

The Gist

Scribd’s mission is to keep reading alive in the 21st century — the best way to do that? To meet readers where they spend the majority of their time. Scribd — pronounced “scribbed” — is a premier digital reading subscription that is optimal for people always on the go. Right from your phone, tablet, or computer, you can access unlimited audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines. Scribd features books and audiobooks from all major publishers including Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Penguin Random House. Are you a writer yourself? You can even publish your work with its easy-to-use conversion technology that can convert your written work into a webpage or mobile experience, instantly giving 80 million people access to your work.

Great For People Who

  • Are always on the go for work or pleasure

  • Are looking for a one-stop-shop for news, magazines, and books right through a mobile site or an app

  • Have an iPhone of iPad with iOS 10 or newer (app available on the app store)

  • Have an Android device with Android 4.4 (KitKat) or newer (app available on Google Play)

  • Have a Nook HD or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (app available on Google Play)

  • Have a Kindle Fire -- they offer a step-by-step guide on how to read Scribd on Kindle Fire (Note that not all Kindle versions can connect)

  • Write professionally and want to publish works online for others to access

What Else Do They Do?

They provide a Scribd + New York Times bundle that gives you a monthly subscription for both services at a discounted cost. For $12.99, you’ll get access to everything a Scribd membership has to offer in additional to a New York Times basic digital access subscription. This is an excellent way to consolidate subscriptions without sacrificing anything. The only downside: If you’re already a subscriber to either service, you can’t get the bundle deal.

Bonus Points

  • They offer an unlimited 30-day free trial to see if their subscription is right for you

  • They work with major publishers including Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Penguin Random House

  • They break down their millions of audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, sheet music, documents, and more through various interests such as career and money, personal growth, and lifestyle

  • 80 million monthly readers in more than 100 countries

  • More than 40 million titles to choose from

  • They have thousands of song books from leading sheet music publisher Hal Leonard

Take Note

There are ways to access Scribd services without a monthly membership, which costs $8.99 a month. However, you won’t have access to their full library of bestsellers and new releases. If you’re not sure that you want to commit to a subscription, you can read excerpts of various books and browse the full catalog. They also offer a 30-day free trial that you can cancel before you’re charged. If you don’t cancel within 30 days, however, your card will automatically be billed.

Scribd Rating

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Product Rating

With more than 40 million published articles, documents, and books, Scribd makes reading extremely accessible for the 21st century. No matter if you’re looking for an audiobook to listen to on a long drive, an ebook to read on the train, or if you’re looking to publish your own work, Scribd makes it extremely easy to do so.

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Ease Of Use

No matter what kind of technology you have, Scribd makes it easy to use. It’s website, mobile site, and app are extremely easy to navigate no matter if you have an iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, or other device. Not many companies make it easy to navigate their service on so many different types of devices.

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Company

Scribd is committed to keeping reading alive in the 21st century, and their mission is personified every day by their employees. They have employees from more than 20 countries around the world working hard to spread the love for reading and making sure their subscribers are happy. Their founders, Trip Adler and Jared Friedman, have been nationally recognized — Trip was named one of Forbes ‘30 Under 30,’ one of Inc’s ‘35 under 35’ and one of TIME’s ‘Tech Pioneers.’

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Customer Service

Scribd has an extensive FAQ question that answers things ranging from how to pronounce Scribd to how to manage a subscription. They also have a contact page that breaks it down on your personal needs. It’s a little difficult to find a direct email address for support, but they have a contact form listed.

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