10 Best Scribd Alternatives to Check Out (In 2022)

best scribd alternatives - featured image

 

Duncan Honeyman has rightly said, “Being read to is a really intimate thing: a human connection at a time when a lot of people are feeling isolated.”

Do you like traditional book-reading? Are you a fan of audiobooks? Or do you prefer e-books? If the answer to any of these is a “yes”, you probably heard of the company Scribd, Inc.

They offer one of the largest digital libraries in the world.

But yes, there is the possibility that you dislike some of its features and are looking for Scribd alternatives.

Perhaps you find their subscription fee too high, you’re having issues with technical support, or it could be anything!

If you are looking to switch to another service provider, let me tell you that there are many options available!

 

What is Scribd?

 

scribd landing page

Screenshot of Scribd landing page

 

People have rightly termed Scribd as the “Netflix of books”.

Based in San Francisco, California, the company launched way back in 2007. It offers e-book and audiobook subscription services. Scribd includes a million titles and hosts over 60 million files on its publishing platform!

The 700,000+ Scribd subscribers get unlimited access to its eBooks database. Its digital library contains eBooks, academic papers, magazines, court filings, audiobooks, sheet music, and more!

 

10 Best Scribd Alternatives to Know About:

 

1. Kindle Unlimited

 

kindle unlimited landing page

Screenshot of Kindle Unlimited landing page

 

In 2014, the most renowned Amazon launched its eBook subscription. Branded as “Kindle unlimited” it is now a major player in the industry.

As their tagline states, the platform provides unlimited reading and unlimited listening on any device.

You can access Kindle Unlimited not only on specific e-reader devices but on any Amazon device or Kindle app, too. The service also includes “Amazon Originals”, wherein they publish unique eBooks.

Unfortunately, you will not find titles from the “Big 5” publishers on Kindle Unlimited. Yes, you may not find best-selling authors or contemporary literature here. However, you will find a plethora of indie and self-published authors’ content on Kindle Unlimited.

If you’re looking for reliable ratings, Kindle Unlimited remains undefeated. All thanks to the reading reviews posted by readers/subscribers.

Pricing:

It offers a 30-day free trial and the unlimited reading costs $9.99/month.

 

2. Calaméo

 

calameo landing page

Screenshot of Calameo landing page

 

Innovated in Paris, France, Calaméo is a publishing platform for documents and magazines. You will find interactive publications, online catalogs, and digital magazines here.

Calaméo believes in “Publish. Discover. Share”.

Subscribers get to plan for their publications with its variety-rich platform. Here, you can design publications, add/remove images/videos/texts, embed links, and more!

Calaméo has a digital library where you can browse publications in electronic format. It also has a blog section that shares best practices, publishing tips, content strategy, and more! Millions of users read and share elite content on this platform.

Pricing:

Calaméo offers 3 subscription plans: Free; Premium ($14/month); Platinum ($49/month).

 

3. Udemy Business

 

udemy business landing page

Screenshot of Udemy Business landing page

 

The eLearning content of Udemy Business is comparable with some of Scribd’s features.

Udemy offers a B2B learning solution for organizations to manage their workforce challenges. This is through leveraging Udemy’s development-based training for employees.

Udemy Business is an online learning platform with over 14,000 online training courses. They have over 5,000 business customers, like Pinterest and Lyft.

By upskilling employees through Udemy, companies can onboard, engage, and keep their people.

Pricing:

Udemy for Business Team Plan – $240 per person per year (requires a minimum of 5 users). The Enterprise Plan is for firms with 21 or more people. Both these plans have an option of a 14-day trial.

You can book a free trial/demo session.

 

4. Storytel

 

storytel landing page

Screenshot of Storytel landing page

 

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Storytel offers e-book and audiobook subscription services, like Scribd.

It was launched in 2006 and is available in over 25 countries currently across Europe and Asia. Storytel offers over 300,000 titles!

You can find book recommendations on the platform across 18 categories. These include economy & business, fantasy & Sci-Fi, Erotica, and more! Storytel also publishes exclusive audiobooks under their “Storytel Originals”.

Pricing:

The pricing depends on the country’s selection. For example, the Select pack is available in India at INR 149 (US$1.96)/monthly. Whereas the unlimited option is available for INR 299 (US$3.94)/monthly. Both these options offer a 3-day trial.

 

5. Kobo Plus

 

kobo plus landing page

Screenshot of Kobo Plus landing page

 

With Rakuten Kobo Inc. (Kobo), you can have access to over 6 million eBooks and audiobooks.

These are available on eReaders and the Rakuten Kobo App for free. “Kobo Plus” is the eBook subscription service offered by Kobo.

With this, in a month, you can read several titles of your choice for a fixed rate. Subscribers can read Kobo Plus eBooks on apps and Kobo eReaders.

Pricing:

They offer a 14–30-day free trial period, after which you need to pay a monthly fee to continue the service. Pricing depends on your location. For example, in Canada, it would cost you $9.99/month (CAD).

 

6. LinkedIn Learning

 

linkedin learning landing page

Screenshot of LinkedIn Learning landing page

 

What’s common between Scribd and LinkedIn Learning is the eLearning content.

Formerly known as Lynda, this online learning platform hosts vast and up-to-date content to share with its users. There are over 16,000+ courses across various topics on this platform.

Here, teachers/trainers share their expertise on various subjects in the form of courses/modules.

Subscribers can upskill themselves by leveraging courses that focus on business, creativity, technology, and software skills.

Pricing:

LinkedIn Learning offers a 1-month free trial. You can either subscribe to LinkedIn Learning directly by paying @29.99/month. Or you could sign up for a Premium LinkedIn account with plans starting from $39.99/month.

 

7. ComiXology Unlimited

 

comixology landing page

Screenshot of ComiXology landing page

 

While Scribd has a comic section too, the choices may not be plenty. That’s where comiXology comes in – to cater to the online comics store aficionados.

ComiXology releases new comic issues every day! It is like Kindle Unlimited, except they focus on comics and graphic novels only. They are also a member of the well-established Amazon family and host a wide range of titles.

If you’re a fan of comics, ComiXology is something you must try out. You can browse around 25,000+ digital comics, manga, and graphic novels. The downside is, that it is only available in the US at present.

Pricing:

US$5.99/month

 

8. Joomag

 

Joomag landing page

Screenshot of Joomag landing page

 

This is an all-in-one digital publishing platform. You can develop, publish, share, track and monetize through interactive digital publications.

It is a great Scribd alternative with prime tools and features that will allow you to create personal catalogs, brochures, newsletters, and digital magazines.

Joomag offers solutions for all digital publications, corporate communications, content marketing, and sales-enablement requirements.

Pricing:

 

9. Bookmate

 

bookmate landing page

Screenshot of Bookmate landing page

 

Bookmate was founded in 2010 and is currently headquartered in London. They offer a downloadable app wherein you can read and listen to books online.

The Bookmate app works on Windows, Android, and iOS devices. It provides users access to thousands of books with catalogs in over 12 languages. It includes English, Swedish, Russian, Turkish, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

Bookmate currently has over 3 million subscribers and over 500,000 books in its digital library.

How is Bookmate different from its competitors? They allow users to navigate through their friends’ bookshelves and feeds!

Pricing:

Unlimited reading at $9.99/month. The annual subscription costs $99.96. Both these options offer a 7-day free trial.

 

10. 24symbols

 

24 symbols landing page

Screenshot of 24Symbols landing page

 

Access a world of books by subscribing to the 24symbols digital reading service. For a minimal monthly fee, you can download content and read it on any electronic media device.

The app is supported by iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire and its contents can be accessed through web browsers on mobile phones, tablets, PCs, or eReaders.

Subscribers can enjoy 500,000+ eBooks on any digital device of their choice! 24symbols organizes all books based on genres (romance, historical novels, comics, etc.), making them easily findable.

Pricing:

24symbols does not offer a free trial. They have a premium subscription whereby you need to pay $8.99/month. However, they offer a discount if you purchase the yearly membership (available for $90)!

 

Parting Words

 

Here I’d like to put out a famous quote again. “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” How true, isn’t it?

In this day and age, when audiobooks and e-books are paving the path for the future of reading, which Scribd alternative do you wish to use?

Rafal Reyzer

Hey there, welcome to my blog! I'm a full-time blogger, educator, digital marketer, freelancer, editor and content manager. I started RafalReyzer.com to provide you with great tools and strategies you can use to achieve freedom from 9-5 through online creativity. My site is a one-stop-shop for writers, bloggers, publishers, content enthusiasts and freelancers who want to be independent, earn more money and create beautiful things. Feel free to check my archive containing over 500 articles and reach out if you need anything. Ah yes, and stay awesome!