If you’ve had a Spotify account for more than a week, you’ve probably come to take it for granted that you can play just about any song ever recorded with a click of a button, anywhere you have WiFi or cell data access.
What if you could do the same thing for books?
Meet Scribd. It’s one of the things I’ve come to take for granted in my reading habits. This subscription-based cloud reading platform gives me three books and one audiobook every month for just nine bucks. It’s proved to be a great substitute for buying ebooks, buying physical books, or visiting dark, dirty old libraries.
The Scribd profile recommends books to me based on my past reads, and the reading experience itself is solid. I particularly like how I can change screen brightness for reading at different times of the day (keeps me awake when I read during the day, helps me wind down before sleep at night.)
Here’s a quick preview of the desktop reading experience:
The mobile app is also well-designed, great for roadtrip audiobooks or some quick reading when you’re in line at Chipotle.
And, most importantly, you can rely on a good selection of reading material. Many cloud services which have to get licenses for books and audiobooks suffer from a pretty limited selection, but you can bet that if a book has been published in the last ten years or so, it will probably be available on Scribd.
Some older books are hit and miss, but three times out of five you’re going to find what you’re looking for, and it’s just like getting a free book. To give you an idea, here’s a bit of what I’ve been reading and sampling on Scribd recently:
- An Acceptable Time, Madeleine L’Engle
- Mastery, Robert Greene
- The Idolatry of God, Peter Rollins
- Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
- The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman
- Growth Hacker Marketing, Ryan Holiday
- The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, James Martin
- The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley
I’d encourage you to check out this service.for yourself. Scribd is generous, or at least very marketing-savvy. If you want to get two free months of Scribd – 6 books and 2 audiobooks – follow my sharing link (I earn nothing from this, for the record): https://www.scribd.com/g/4qfisp