Up until recently, I’ve used Oyster as my e-book subscription service, and I gave Kindle Unlimited a shot for a brief amount of time. Last month I was chatting with a co-worker about comics, and he asked if I had read a particular Iron Man run, and I said no I hadn’t, and he mentioned that it was available on Scribd. He was the first person I’d met who used Scribd, and I asked him about it, and he said a lot of comics were added and it was really well worth it. So, I went home that weekend and played around on their website and ended up signing up for the free month trial. And here we are.
Alright, so here were the things I didn’t love:
- In the app, browsing/scrolling is a little glitchy. Mid-scroll it will bounce back to the beginning of a list.
- While playing an audiobook, you can’t adjust the reading speed.
And now the things I did love:
- Only $8.99 a month (very slightly cheaper than both Oyster and Kindle Unlimited, but still)
- E-books, audiobooks, AND comics!
- They have some major comics publishers signed on – namely Marvel, IDW, and Valiant. Both single issues and collected volumes are available. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they can sign up Image sometime in the future, but still impressive.
- Download books to the app for offline-reading.
- Highlighting and note-taking feature.
- “Request” titles that aren’t available. If a book appears but currently isn’t offered, you can click a button to request it, so that Scribd can make the case to the publishers to make it available. So you still don’t get to read that book right away, but you’re able to make your voice heard in a small way and give publishers a clue to what readers want.
- Pretty great selection.
After having Scribd just for a couple weeks, I decided to cancel by Oyster subscription. They both have a lot of the same books available – I was able to scroll through my Oyster “Reading List” and find most of them on Scribd. I love that I can highlight or makes notes as I’m reading – it really annoyed me that Oyster didn’t have that feature active for Android users yet. And the COMICS. OMG. They’re a huge part of my reading lately. There are so many series and characters I want to read. I absolutely love my local comic shop, but I am no where near rich enough to be able to buy all of the volumes of characters and series that I want to read. I would if I could. Scribd is giving me the opportunity to check out comics that I might not have been able to get to for years.
Here’s what I’ve read on Scribd so far:
King Maker is no longer available, but all the others still are. I’m reading volume 3 of The Invincible Iron Man now, and listening to the audiobook of High Price by Dr. Carl Hart.
To further your excitement, here are some note-worthy titles that Scribd currently has available and that I’ve added to my “library”…
- Lumberjanes (issues #1-9)
- True Blood (5 volumes)
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- She-Hulk, Daredevil, X-Men, Deadpool, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Defenders, and a ton of other Marvel comics
- Edward Scissorhands (issues #1-3)
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (4 volumes)
- March: Book One by John Lewis
- Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
- Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
- A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
- Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
- Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
- The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
- Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- a whole ton of Christopher Moore titles
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
That is SO many awesome titles!
I’m really psyched about Scribd. The only real downside is that their app isn’t very… graceful. But it’s not clunky either, and I’m sure it will become more elegant with another update or two. And I swear that Scribd isn’t paying me to talk about them or review their service. I just think they’re awesome. Go to their site and play around, see what they have. Try out the free month trial. It’s so worth it.