Scribd adds 30000 audiobooks to the $8.99/month ebook subscription

November 8, 2014 - Kindle Unlimited

Scribd done a $8.99-per-month ebook subscription a improved understanding Thursday by adding 30,000 digital audiobooks to a package. The pierce helps Scribd mount out from opposition services Oyster and Kindle Unlimited and could attract new users who formerly used services like a Amazon-owned Audible. Scribd’s use already enclosed around 500,000 ebooks.

Audiobooks are “a healthy prolongation of Scribd’s existent calm offering,” CEO Trip Adler said. “This has been one of a many renouned requests.”

To start, Scribd has audiobook deals with HarperCollins, Blackstone, Scholastic and Naxos. Blackstone is an eccentric audiobook publisher that works with other publishers like Hachette and Random House, definition that by a understanding Scribd gains entrance to audiobooks from publishers that aren’t operative with it on a ebook side — and users will be means to listen to audiobooks that aren’t accessible on Scribd as ebooks.

The fact that Scribd is adding audiobooks to a use while gripping a cost a same could be a determining cause for users who are perplexing to select among all-you-can-eat ebook subscription services. Oyster, during $9.95 per month, doesn’t have audiobooks. Amazon‘s Kindle Unlimited, $9.99 a month, includes about 2,000 “Kindle Unlimited with Narration” titles that concede users to switch behind and onward between an ebook and a audio version, though they are not standalone audiobooks. Amazon still has a possess apart paid audiobook subscription service, Audible, that has a most incomparable catalog than Scribd is charity though is also most some-more costly — $14.95 per month for one book.

Audiobooks are accessible now to Scribd subscribers regulating Android, Kindle Fire, Nook inscription and web users. The association pronounced it’s submitting a iOS app refurbish to Apple on Monday, and audiobooks will be accessible by Scribd’s iOS app once Apple approves a update.

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