Scribd review

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Considered the Netflix of books, this service gives you unlimited access to audiobooks, e-books, magazines and more

Scribd is a library service that boasts access to unlimited books and audiobooks, plus millions of documents — all delivered digitally to you anywhere, anytime.

What is Scribd?

For $8.99 a month, Scribd gives you unlimited access to e-books, audiobooks, sheet music, documents and magazines. Find titles from publishers like Simon and Schuster, Penguin, Random House, Hachette, Harper Collins and Macmillan — but it’s lacking in indie authors and smaller production publications, making it hard to access some popular titles.

Pros and cons


  • Unlimited access to audiobooks, e-books and magazines
  • Available on most major formats, including Kindles and smartphones
  • Low price compared to other services like Audible


  • About half the audiobook library as Audible
  • Users complain that unsubscribing isn’t straightforward
  • High demand books are sometimes given restrictive access

How much does Scribd cost?

A monthly subscription gets you access to the entire Scribd collection. If you purchase Scribd with iTunes, you’re billed through your Apple account.

Monthly membership$8.99
Scribd plus online New York Times subscription$12.99

Does Scribd have a free trial?

Yes. Scribd offers a 7-day free trial for access to its entire collection. You’re required to give your credit card, and will be charged once the free trial ends. Be sure to cancel within 24 hours of the end of your trial if you don’t want to pay.

Scribd allows you to browse and read excerpts from any book without entering your payment info.

Scribd reviews and complaints

Scribd has fairly good reviews from the App Store and Google Play.

PlatformReview (Last updated October 14, 2020)
App Store4.7 out of 5 stars (23,068 reviews)
Google Play4.5 out of 5 stars (513,560 reviews)

Compare audiobook services

There’s no doubting that people who listen to a lot of audiobooks will find the unlimited access and compelling price hard to ignore with Scribd, but you may want to compare it against other services before you sign up.

Name Product Cost Subscription type Free trial Listen offline Library size
$14.95 per month
  • Credit
  • Rental
30 days
Google Play Audiobooks
  • Unlimited
  • Rental
Depends on your local library
$12.99 per month
  • Credit
  • Rental
$14.99 per month
  • Unlimited
7 days
$8.99 per month
  • Unlimited
7 days

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Leah Fallon is an editor with more than 10 years of teaching under her belt. She's written feature pieces for regional print and digital media. When she's not helping people with their finances, you can find her wrangling her two sprightly girls or running the trails of Virginia.

Expert review

If you enjoy online access to popular books on the NYT reading list, Scribd is worth considering. It doesn’t have much in the way of indie and smaller publications, so you might find its collection limiting. To find out more about audiobooks, visit our guide on audiobook services.

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