Which is the best Netflix for books? Scribd vs. Kindle Unlimited vs. Bookmate

The past decade has been a big one for book lovers. While the traditional books have remained the same for a few hundred years, there’s recently been a big shift in how we consume books. Paper is no longer even necessary to dive head first into a good story. These days, all you need is a tablet, an ebook reader, or another smart device.

Not only that, but with the power of the internet, you now have access to virtually any book. All you need to do is subscribe to an ebook subscription service, and you can read what you want, when you want. But which ebook subscription service should you choose? Below are a three of our favorites, so you can educate yourself before committing to a service.

The best

Scribd

Scribd
  • 14-day trial
  • $9 per month
  • 1 million ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and more
  • Extra documents, titles, and scientific papers available
  • Scribd library

Scribd is perhaps one of the better known services on this list, and for good reason. It has a number of unique features and comes at a cheaper price ($9) than its main competitor, Kindle Unlimited. Scribd also boasts a library of more than 1 million ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and other types of content. The books can be accessed through the attractive and easy-to-use app, though.

When you’re looking for a book in Scribd, you can browse based on genre or navigate a curated selection of books. You get 3 ebooks and 1 audiobook per month, but each month, Scribd curates a collection of best-selling ebooks and audiobooks that you can access without cutting into your allotment for the month.

One thing that truly sets Scribd apart from other services is the fact that it’s not limited to just books. You can also browse a 10,000-piece collection of Marvel comics through the service, as well as documents, court cases, self-published books, and various scientific documents. It also has a fairly expansive library of audiobooks, which are easy to access and listen to. Audiobooks are expensive, so this is perhaps the bets part of the deal when you subscribe to Scribd.

As far as the reading experience goes, Scribd offers everything you would expect — you simply need to tap in the correct zone to turn the page, pinch to zoom, and so on. You can also highlight and annotate a particular section of a book, which is great for those studying for a class. Scribd works on iOS and Android devices, but you can’t get its ebooks on ebook readers, unfortunately, which is a major detraction for anyone who wants to read on their Kindle, Kobo, or Nook.

Scribd is best for those who love audiobooks and alternative reading content like comic books as well as ebooks. It’s also cheaper than Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, even though it offers more than just ebooks. You can check out Scribd’s library before signing up to see if your favorites are included.

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