I love listening to Audiobooks, sometimes you just do not have time to sit and read. Audible and Scribd are great services, but it comes down to whether or not they’re affordable and what you are getting for your money. Let’s get into it.
Audible is an Amazon program or audiobooks. You pay a monthly membership and receive a credit to download a book of your choice. I have seen up to four different membership plans on their website.
Gold Membership ($16.00) – You get one credit a month and a percentage off of Audiobooks.
Platinum Monthly($23.00) – You get two credit a month and a percentage off books.
Gold Annual ($150.00) – Pay once a year and get all 12 credits at once.
Platinum Annual ($230.00) – Pay once a year and get 24 credits all at once.
Channels Plan Monthly ($5.00) – You can listen to all the channels, but you get no credits towards audiobooks.
Scribd is a service that offers magazines, audiobooks, ebooks, and notes for college students to share with others. It helped me through my Psychology class in college.
You can only get one membership through Scribd, it costs $9 a month. For that $9 you get one audiobook credit and 2 ebook credits.
While both are great services I wanted to compare things together.
Audible is $16 a month for 1 audio credit, while Scribd you pay $9 and get an audio and two ebook credits.
Audible offers a higher plan of $23 for two credits, but Scribd still beats them with $9 for an audio and two ebook credits.
I have used both services and canceled both to go through everything thoroughly. Audible is simple to cancel, while scribd is a bit difficult as I had to email into cancel my membership.
When you cancel Audible you get to keep all of the audiobooks you currently have. Scribd you lose all access to everything unless you keep that membership. You basically are wasting your money unless you plan to keep their service forever.
While I tried to stay in the middle on this, audible won to me. I currently use audible. I have their Platinum Monthly plan and love it. You get 2 credits for $23, that’s $11.50 each. It comes out cheaper than buying a hardback on Amazon. That’s a pretty good deal to me.
Scribd would have had my favor if I would have been able to keep my purchases after canceling. I can’t see giving $9 a month to a service, that when I cancel I lose all my purchases.
What service do you currently use? Are you looking into one of these services? If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.