So great! 5/5
I’m so glad that Scribd returned to the unlimited version. I was disappointed when it transitioned to limited titles for the month. The selections are PHENOMENAL!!! As one who loves reading, but also don’t always have time to read many books at a time, I’d rather not purchase books which may sit on a shelf for months until I can get to them. With this, I can save books and come to them later and actually read more at a time without being concerned with bookshelves filling up. Thank you for listening to your customers!
Please respond to my newest review! 3/5
The color choices are drab. Some people need different background colors so they’re able to see/read well. We should have a color wheel to choose from. Font and background colors that aren’t drab.
Is this in the making???
Great alternative to Audible! 5/5
I love audiobooks and tend to switch books frequently if a book can’t keep me interested after the first few chapters. This makes it very expensive for me to purchase books from Audible. Sribd is a great alternative for book surfers like myself. It doesn’t have as big of an audiobook collection as Audible, but given the fact that I can switch books easily, it’s so worth the $9/month subscription price.
Can't get enough! 5/5
I cancelled my Audible subscription for Scribd and I have ZERO regrets!
The app is great. So many audiobooks and digital books to chose from.
By Book Mann
It is the best thing ever
Reading Love 5/5
I’m in love with learning and this app is making it all the better, like a fantasy!
One of my fav apps 5/5
By andre aggasi
I’m able to learn so much wile commuting with this app lots of very good titles.
Landscape Mode Please! 1/5
I just signed up for my free trial and to my dismay, the Scribd app only displays in portrait mode on my 12.9” iPad Pro. I wanted to use it for reading sheet music while playing my digital piano, and I much prefer using landscape mode as my music stand is farther away than on an acoustic piano. I use my iPad in landscape mode almost exclusively, and don’t use apps that haven’t upgraded to using both orientations. Please fix! Thanks.
Best Reading App 5/5
Love, love, love this app.
Best Value! Keep up the good work. 5/5
Scrbd has a great selection of authors and formats. Ebooks, audiobooks, articles and sheet music are available. I have recommended this app to friends and family because the price and selection are unparalleled. I like the ability to change the brightness of the display, change the font, create lists (such as "Books I Have Read") and listen offline. When I was traveling and knew I wouldn't be using my subscription, it was easy to put the charge on hold and just as easy to resume my membership. Scrbd team, you're doing the right things. I hope you have raises coming to you! I'd gladly pay to support it. P.S. I hope that Yes! Magazine is joining the ranks of content you provide. Thanks!
Best app 5/5
Awesome app, best audiobook/book/music score subscription ever!
It's a scam 2/5
By already freaking taken
It's not really unlimited. They let you get one maybe 2 books worth reading then only give you a selection of D list books. Worth it if you only read or listen to one book a month. I honestly just hate their conman tactics.
Date published? 2/5
Followed a link from an article about SkQ1, but book doesn’t load automatically, and when I search on the app it doesn’t find the article with the link. Also the publications aren’t dated!
Unlimited books is back! 5/5
By Leonardo Bertucci
A fantastic app with a broad selection of audiobooks and ebooks. I have a long commute to work and this app is a life saver! There are unlimited audiobooks for one reasonable, flat, monthly fee!
Excellent service, app can be buggy 4/5
Love Scribed. Wonderful. But frustrating how often the app loses my place or freezes.
Needs pdf like editing capabilities 3/5
I like to highlite & and rate a document as to how useful it is to me , maybe put in a favorites folder ect.
Good service, mediocre app 3/5
Love the price and selection, just wish the app were better. I mostly listen to audiobooks and it’s glitchy when switching between airplane mode and regular. It seems to lose my place often or it takes 5-10 sec to find my place. The downloads are always very slow too, even on otherwise fast WiFi. Currently trying to download two books (about 49mb total) and it’s been at 0%for two hours ... would love to give the app five stars but needs less glitches.
Great Platform with Glitches 5/5
By Zingy S.
Love this App, however, I’ve been noticing that when I open it on the phone (on tablets it’s fine), commands like “download” , “stop download,” or “next”/“previous” would VERY OFTEN freeze or not respond.
Again, love this app, but please don’t make me restart it over and over again because of these little glitches. Thanks!
Great selection - at first 1/5
By Sherply derply
So first of all, I’m very grateful for this app. I use it during work - basically just mowing all day - to listen to audiobooks, and they help make the time fly. I haven’t had any playback errors where I lose my place, but if I do go to something else and come back after a while, the app is likely to have restarted itself. This means I’ll have to go, open up the audiobook again, then it won’t load, so I’ll have to go to the table of contents, restart the chapter, and fast forward to where I was. It’s a tedious process.
A wall that I’ve run in to lately is that most of the books that I want to listen to, best sellers (Red Rising, Sea of Rust, etc.), aren’t available until next month? Some of them I’m fairly sure I’ve looked at before and they’ve been available a day earlier. Now, maybe it’s a subscription thing, where you only get x amount of “premium audiobooks” to listen to each cycle. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve listened to a fair number of works already, and I’ver been very happy with them as I would have had to pay much more normally. However, I find it unfair for the app to boast about its “reading without limits” without making it clear, somewhere, that there are in fact limits.
Love the subscription, but oh, those app flaws! 3/5
By Gnocchi People1
I love the subscription idea and it gives me instant access to audiobooks I have to wait months on from the library’s app. I drive 2 hours a day to work and enjoy access to a variety of books I can listen to. The cost is minimal in comparison to music apps.
But the flaws in the app will cause me to drop this.
1. Downloading books. If you have slow internet, you have to babysit the book download and not let your phone go into lock or it (most of the time) will stop loading. Other apps, I set it to download before bed and when I wake up, the download is finished. Not this app. If it locks, you have to start over again. Very annoying. I’ve tried downloading a magazine, but waiting for it to load is far too long and I gave up after 5 minutes of staring at a white screen. I’ve been trying to download a 21 hour book for 2 days. It hung up at 85% and my phone locked. You got it. Now I have to start over again.
2. Playing audiobooks. Takes a minute or so to load, even when downloaded. What’s up with that? Skips around randomly. Not often, but usually when I’m driving and can’t do anything about it. The set up is hard to go back or forward to where you were originally. It will also just stop playing at random times. I like to set my book to play before I go out to my car so I only have to turn on my radio to get it to play after I’m on the road. Not this app! I have to wait until I start the car and set it up to play before leaving the driveway. It may seem stupid to others, but I do this for other apps, books and music, some days with no glitches.
If they could get these things smoothed out, the monthly subscription would totally be worth it.
My progress erased in audiobooks...again 2/5
I really like this app but geez it’s buggy! Spend more time on QA. Some updates can make you lose your progress, lose your downloads.
Lies to Consumers. 1/5
THIS APP IS VERY MUCH LIMITED!!! In 5 download I was denied 2 books. Their excuse the first time is that it was a popular series & I could get the next book in a month😩 Then tried a stand alone book & again was denied & said to try in a month. So I’m guessing in the next month I will not have access to both books! I do “read” online. Only listen & their Audible books are very much LIMITED.
And please don’t ask me to contact customer service to “work it out”. You don’t “work it out”, you give me the same response you’ve given others. I know because I contacted you twice!!! So No Thanks! I’ll stick with Audible who is at least upfront with their consumers!
WHY CANT I PRINT OUT ANYTHING 3/5
can you please make this application like the computer one so I can print out documents thank you
By Sabina Gonzalez
I still can’t believe such a service like this even exists. In awe. Thank you Scribd team for such an amazing app and website. Keep it up!! Suscriptor for life
Buggy App 2/5
The service is great, but the iOS app is not. I now take screenshots of where I am in an audiobook before I exit because most of the time, the app will open to the wrong place (even though the audiobook is saved and downloaded). This is frustrating and not a problem I’ve had with the Android version.
App After My Own Heart 5/5
I absolutely adore this app. It’s convenient and easy to use. I’ve already reached my New Years resolution to read one new book per month- perfect app.
App needs some work but it’s amazing. 5/5
The audiobook portion of the app needs some work. It will often not save the last spot I was in but who cares? The content is utterly amazing!
This app is amazing for the price! I LOVE that it’s truly unlimited, so wonderful! My only hope for this app is that it will have a sleep timer soon! I’ve have lost my spot one too many times listening at night /falling asleep.
Bad, very very bad. 1/5
This is an annoyingly bad app. That should not even be released as a Beta. It does not correctly save the place where listening was paused. It garbles some content. And now it hangs up trying to restart and then comes with an error message that this audio book is currently not available please try later. But non of the other audiobooks will play. I tried to re load the book. Nothing doing. I deleted the app and re installed it. Nothing doing.
I gave it one star because zero is not available.
This is crap!
technical issues/not really unlimited! 1/5
I love listening to books throughout the day - much better than TV. I have been long time subscriber to Scribd, but the technical problems - such as shutting down randomly,and losing my place when signing back in (just to name a few), made me a minimal user of the audiobooks. However, when I saw that Scribd became unlimited - I was excited and started listening again.
Oi!!! For someone that likes audiobooks, this app leaves a lot to be desired. It randomly shuts down still, and since I have been listening more with this app - it has become almost intolerable! After shutting down over and over and over today - I just gave up and went back to other audiobook app.
In addition - after listening to a several books, I went to look for the next book in a series, and found that I have to wait until my month renews to be able to select the next one. I thought this was an anomaly, until it happened again this month. That is when I realized that I am barred from selecting most audiobooks now - until my month renews. Deceptive practices? Should be called - “Unlimited - Not”.
You get what you pay for 1/5
I knew this app was too good to be true. Cheaper price and unlimited books, while it comes at the cost of the listening experience. My spot is NEVER saved from where I was last reading even when creating a bookmark to keep my place. The bookmark is in the wrong spot. When I try to go back a chapter it takes forever to load. This is when the books are downloaded to my phone so it’s not a WiFi issue. It’s the most annoying thing to not only have to figure out where I left off but I am also hearing parts of the book giving away certain sections while trying to figure out where I need to start listening. I’ve had better app experiences using Overdrive and that app is garbage.
This has happened on both books I have listened to this month. I’m going to try it out on one more book but if my experience is the same I’m going back to audible.
Amazing BUT.. 3/5
I love this app! Super amazing allowing me to read more books than ever and learn at a faster rate for one simple monthly fee. HOWEVER I have noticed it doesn’t save my place sometimes in an audio book which can be really frustrating. I’ve only been using it for a day and primarily audio so I’ll update this as I continue
remember your first library? 5/5
yeah, it's like that.
Great selection of books but the app crashes every 5 minutes!
Best reading app! 5/5
I’ve been a subscriber for years now and with their new subscription offering unlimited reads with little to no limitations I see myself being one for years to come. Scribd has an extensive library books to choose from and while some titles may not be available I find I can obtain what I’m looking for 90% of the time.
5 stars for library size. 1 Star for app functionality 3/5
Why so many issues? Always freezing and takes forever to load anything. I end up having to restart the app almost every time I go elsewhere for any period of time. I don’t have nearly as many problems with any other app. I love your service but I really don’t get how it’s so hard to make a well functioning app.
By mikey 331
Great variety of titles more than audible. Unlimited reading is awesome also
Audiobook disappeared after listening to it for 2 hours. 1/5
By Blood Pact Scout #34
I was listening to The Gunslinger by Stephen King, then the app crashed and the entire series was nowhere to be found on the app.
Very impressed! I'm happy to have a real audible alternative. 5/5
My experience so far has been excellent, and the selection of books and magazines seems bigger than I had hoped for.
In-app navigation is perplexing.. 2/5
By Potter dog
Hi. I’m super frustrated at how this app is meant to flow. I’m using iPad Pro . Can’t see how to nag back to prior search page. If I click on a title I am locked there, no clear way out to orig search or even prior page. Avid user of overdrive, Libby and other digital media platforms....both web and app based, but I am flummoxed by your app. Help!
I want to like it... 2/5
Scribd gets a few things right, but somehow fails utterly on what should be the most important feature: reliable tracking/bookmarking of audiobooks in progress.
Very often, resuming playback will jump ahead to a random chapter. Also, playback skips a few moments at the start of each chapter and sometimes just stops altogether.
Reading other reviews, these problems have been going on for quite some time, so they don’t seem to consider them a high priority to fix. Maybe I’m weird, but I consider not losing my place in a book a fundamental requirement.
Audible is more expensive, but the app experience makes it worth it if you value your time.
Read the other negative reviews..... 4/5
UPDATE: With version 8.5.0, it seems the problem has been fixed. There are still some bugs but I can easily live with them.
I love the problem this app solves: it allows me to explore new ideas, new worlds, and to emerge a bigger person. Listening to audiobooks this way is life changing.
That said, the app consistently crashes during audiobook playback. I’ve tried everything I can to make it work (changing things in settings, clearing caches, airplane mode, downloading content to offline, and more) but the app almost always crashes after a few minutes and then upon resuming sometimes loses its place. What’s more perplexing is that on occasion it will work without crashing.
I’ve reached out via email with “Attention James” with no response whatsoever. It seems like they post that at the end of every negative review as PR.
I can not recommend this app until they let us know what is going on and that they are aware that more paying customers than just myself are unable to enjoy their service because of this issue. Look at the other 1 star reviews and then imagine how many others who haven’t reviewed the app have the same issue. Please fix this, Scribd!! And despite the issue, thanks for working on this life changing idea.
Great idea, incredibly poor execution 1/5
While the service idea is great, and the catalogue is decent, this app fails so often at it’s number one purpose I am considering canceling: audio playback.
- Offline storage works sporadically, a book will be saved but then will ‘hang’ when trying to playback.
- My place in playback is almost never stored between uses, when I resume playback it almost always is skipped forward to some future chapter.
- Sometimes the the skipping forward happens DURING playback, eg when multitasking and switch to a from the app. Like are you guys even using some kind of memory management? It’s like the playback gets killed for not enough resource allocation, which is ridiculous because this is a huge aspect of Swift and this case is no different that any of the other podcast or music streaming apps out there.
There should be 3 core features that need to work in an audiobook app: finding books via search, audiobook playback and maintaining the users position in the audiobook. That is the service, everything else is superfluous. If you get it straight you can compete with audible etc, if not people are going to walk away frustrated.
Note at time of writing I am using the most up to date version.
The App everyone needs 5/5
This is a great App for book lovers, everything you need under one App
I loved this app at first. Great selection of books to choose from. I now am unhappy because some of my books won’t play and the audio stops every 1 or so. I haven’t had these issues with my free audiobook apps so I have now canceled my sub.
App way too slow 1/5
App is getting very frustrating. I can’t use the app smoothly it always keeps lagging and not functioning well. Can’t switch pages smoothly, nor type on the search bar without lagging. Team should really start working on this!
I have to agree as much as I paid for this app over time then to have no access to anything unless I continued to pay... you’re better off buying the access to keep elsewhere.
App works great. But Scribd broke my heart in pieces with new credit system 1/5
Update: appreciating the idea that Scribd is now offering its new form of throttled unlimited. But the audiobook stops every 7 minutes if not connected to cellular/wifi. Wanted to use this app to listen to audiobooks while on road trips. Not safe to drive and restart app every 7 mins! Almost had an accident...
The app is great. But my issue is with the new credit system. I've been using Scribd on two accounts in my household for the last year. I was happy when it was books and would pay for 2-3 months then take one month off. Then they added audiobooks and I was thrilled. No more breaks. No need to even use my kindle anymore. No more Audible. Thrilled at a level where I can say Scribd actually changed my quality of life. I knew they couldn't sustain this buffet, but to cut back so extremely... So many of us will bail. My wish would be that they offered some other option that gave users more than one per month. If I had to pay three months in advance but got bonus audiobooks, that would be fine. Or pay $15/month for unlimited books plus 2-3 audiobooks. Looking at my history I see one month this year I heard 6-8 books but other months just one audiobook. There has to be some other solution, Scribd. Please don't send me back to Audible. For now I'm using public library, hoopla, and checking out TuneIn which launched a Scribd alternative. I will miss you bunches my old friend.
Review of the App:
I've been downloading audio books and ebooks to my device when I am on wifi. Then head to office and listen to books stored in the app, with no worries about misusing my cellular data plan. No complaints about the development behind this app. Only issue I encounter is the app hanging when I have already downloaded book via wifi and later try to listen while at location with cellular signal issues. Sometimes have to restart app every 20-30 minutes. Update 2018: still having issues with the app failing. But it's worse now. Happy they brought a pseudo-unlimited version to us. But the app closing itself after each chapter is driving me nuts. For example the book I'm listening to is broken into 85 chapters. Each chapter I have to walk to the back of the studio and reopen the app and find it in the Saved list and start the audio again. It's aggravating.