READING MY COMMON APP ESSAY THAT GOT ME INTO YALE!!!
My all-time favorite reading app gives me access to unlimited books and audiobooks for 9 a month
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- is a reading app that lets subscribers access hundreds of thousands of audiobooks, e-books, magazines, sheet music, and more for .99/month.
- They moved to a credit system (think: 2 audiobook credits a month, etc.) in 2019, but just now re-instated an , making them by far the best deal in the e-reading space at the moment.
- Readers can now pay .99 a month for truly unlimited, sustainable access to thousands of titles that can be read with or without internet access.
As I've mentioned before, I first started using the reading app in 2015. I was 20 and spending my summer home from college filling nail holes with putty in order to finance my semester abroad, and I was looking for something besides for my own thoughts to entertain me for 12 hours a day.
So I listened to unlimited audiobooks. I read classics I had never had the patience to read in print, hilarious new best-sellers like Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" and "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay, and I even cried in my safety goggles listening to "Miracle in the Andes" by Nando Parrado and Vince Rause.
made it easy and fun to read, and I consumed a higher volume of books happily in three months than in the eight prior at school.
I kept my subscription for those months abroad and read books on linguistics, the science of happiness, and anything else I could think of. I got endless hours of enjoyment for less than what I'd spend on a single meal. Long car rides and my long commute are things I look forward to now. Three years later, and I'm still a subscriber. I can't claim that retention rate for any of my other subscriptions.
Back in 2015, was unlimited for only .99 a month — an insanely great deal for thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines. And when it moved to a credit-system in 2019, I remained a subscriber because it was still, comparatively, a great deal thanks to its selection and low payment. But I, like many avid readers, missed the Golden Age of a monthly unlimited subscription. I found myself waiting for the month to end so I'd finally get another audiobook credit to spend.
And now, somewhat unbelievably, the has been reinstated. My monthly fee actually got less expensive, and now I have truly unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, magazines and more.
notes that the new unlimited reading subscription will be truly unlimited for the vast, vast majority of subscribers, but that occasionally some of the most voracious readers will see a temporary reduction of their catalog choices for a portion of the month. They haven't set any number yet, but current data puts the percentage of possibly affected users at 1%. Given how many books you would need to be reading to hit that capacity, I suspect the 1% is just Sophia, the world's first-ever robot citizen.
The great thing about , aside from the fact that it's an insanely good deal, is that you can download books and audiobooks for offline reading, which is especially great for when your subway stalls underground, far away from service. You can also highlight, bookmark, add notes, and set a sleep timer.
Another point to address is that the selection is, yes, actually all books you will want to read.
You can regularly surf New York Times best-sellers on the app, and also releases a batch of 'Scribd Selects' every month, which are titles handpicked from a wide range of genres. If the book you want isn't available, the team seems very receptive to feedback and encourages you to send any ideas/titles their way at .
A Scribd subscription is cheaper than buying hard copies of books (which has stopped bothering me thanks to being convinced my room is shrinking), and it offers me more titles to read and ways in which to consume them. It's one of the best buys I've made in terms of returns on investment.
But why commit without being sure? If you want to see if it's right for you, you can start a free.
Though if you like to read, I can't imagine that you won't gladly be forking over less than what it costs to buy lunch for unlimited access to audio and ebooks each month.
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