Yesterday Scribd, an online ebook subscription service, announced that they have added 30,000 audiobooks to their catalog.
The audiobooks are available through Scribd’s monthly service plan that costs $8.99 per month, along with over 400,000 ebook titles. Both audiobooks and ebooks are offered together through the same monthly plan.
Once subscribed, users gain unlimited access to Scribd’s catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. Scribd offers apps for iOS devices (iPad and iPhone), Android, Windows, Kindle Fire tablets, along with web browser on computers, phones and tablets.
There are a number of ebook subscription services cropping up lately, but Scribd is the only one offering audiobooks in addition to ebooks, along with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service. Scribd’s 30,000 audio titles far exceeds Amazon’s offering, however, which is currently less than one third of that for US customers, even less for UK subscribers.
Scribd has the advantage of offering titles from HarperCollins and other publishers that won’t sign with Amazon. They’ve also partnered with Blackstone, a leading audiobook company, to offer titles from other big-name publishing houses.
Some of the available audiobook titles include The Drop by Dennis Lehane, How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and Divergent.
To power their new audiobook offerings, Scribd partnered with Findaway World to use their AudioEngine platform to enable content delivery to subscribers.