Scribd Adds Audiobooks

scribdlogoScribd adds 30,000 audiobooks to its catalog in a significant expansion of its subscription-based content offering.

All of those titles are available to subscribers at no additional charge and on the same unlimited basis as the more than 500,000 ebooks in Scribd’s library.

Subscription audiobooks are a much newer, smaller market than subscription ebooks, which have grown to occupy a significant place in the e-reading landscape over the past few years.

Amazon’s Audible platform sells audiobooks individually rather than by subscription, but it’s still likely Scribd’s move is aimed at taking a bite out of Audible’s customer base.

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