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Let’s Talk | My First Month Using Scribd

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So, I finally decided to give the service Scribd another try. I think back in the day when it first started I did a free trial and canceled it within a day. At the time they did not have the books I was trying or enjoying so at the time it was not worth paying for. As of late I have been seeing more and more of it and I thought a great deal of time has passed it might be worth giving it another try. On top of seeing it talked about a lot I also was motived by the NEWTs Readathon taking place and I was going out of town for a few weeks. Traveling with huge books is not really fun or easy to do so I thought that giving this digital service a try might help.

I will say I did have reservation mixed with my hope of the improvement of the choices from this service. I continue to hear stories of people being limited without really being told why they were being limited. They make it kinda clear that you can have unlimited listening or reading, but then why are there limits? When do you hit these limits? There is no real answer that anyone has come across. I was just kinda worried I would be on vacation then all of a sudden in the middle of a book, I loose access to it. I was also worried that this service still didn’t really carry the books that I am currently reading and I would not be using it after a month because none of my current TBR are on there or the same availability as my library that I can use for free. Anyway, worries aside I gave it a try and here is my experience after using the service for one month.


-My Experience-

So, during this experiment of sorts I accessed both audiobook and ebooks. I enjoy both of these formats and they are great for traveling and being on the go. I am going to discuss my experience by talking about each format on their own.

First, let’s talk about the audiobooks. I first used Scribd mainly on my desktop computer I wanted to save the app and room on my phone for when I was traveling. Anyway, I really liked the interface for the audiobook on desktop. It was set up pretty cleanly and everything was clear without being walked through it, at least for me. Another major thing I was the look out for was the speed I would be able to access the audiobook at. I tend to listen to audiobooks at 2x or 3x speed, it depends on the narrator and pace of the reading to begin with. I also took advantage of the sleep timer a few times when I was listening at night incase I were to drift to bed.

The only thing I think that could make this interface better would be if there was a preview or label that popped up if you hovered over a control. I learned by playing along with a book I didn’t really care to much about keeping my place, but if I was in the middle of a book and hit the go back to start of chapter button when I really only wanted to go back 15 seconds or 30 seconds. Also, labeling how many seconds it jumps back or forward, it would be wonderful. So, I guess I would say there are two things that can be improved upon.

-The App-

On top of using the desktop interface, I also used the ISO app. I have to say, there were a few things that I liked and some things that I didn’t like.

I will start with the things I liked, first and foremost of which is that I can download an audiobook for on the go and not have to worry about data usage or being in a low service area interrupting my listening.  For me personally, it is a must if I am going to be listening to the book on go. Another notable thing I enjoy is the bookmark aspect, incase I lost my spot by hitting a button on accident. I am notorious for doing this, so whenever I pause or put an audiobook down, I always mark my spot.

When looking at the app as a whole instead of just at the listening screen, it looks like you have access to pretty much everything. You can look at recommended books, explore, and search for your next read. You can easily find your saved list with the bottom navigation and a nifty thing I noticed is that you can hit a button and only see the books on your saved list that you already downloaded to streamline listening.

With all things, there were some negatives with this app. The first and honestly the most annoying was the fact that it randomly paused multiple times. At first I thought it had to do with it being a new chapter and maybe it was a way to make sure the reader didn’t fall asleep or space out while listening. Sadly, this was not the case. It just stoped on me in the middle of  chapters. It was very annoying and I had to keep putting aside what I was doing to get my phone, open the app all the way and hit play again. This happened 3 times within the first chapter of American Gods… a book I had downloaded on my phones. So it was not due to lack of service or anything like that. The second thing that annoyed me was that on the app the max speed you can listen at is 2x speed… on the desktop you can listen at 3x speed, which is a speed I utilize often.  While I can make due with 2x speed, I am just confused as to why on one interface the max speed is different than the other.


-Items “Taken Out”-

Thunderhead ebook

Supermarket Audiobook

American Gods Audiobook

Endless Night Audiobook


-Final Thoughts-

At this point in time, I can easily see the value in a service like this. If someones library is not well stocked with the types of literature someones likes or if their library has a fee that is maybe more than this service it is a wonderful resource. Also, if owning audiobooks is not something you are interested in, this is a very good alternative to other popular audiobook sites, such as audible. The main thing you need to make sure of it that this service has the audiobooks you are interested in. Otherwise it is not worth it in the slightest.

While this service can make some improvements, some of which I stated in this post, for me at this point in time it is worth continuing to give it a go, but I still have questions/concerns. Mainly with what the true limits are on the accounts that some people run into. I have done some research and I have found that users can run into problems if they are signed into too many browsers or devices. I was kind of concerned to be signed into the app and desktop, but I have not run into any problems at this time.

I also don’t have a firm understanding of what saved is. Does that mean I “checked them out” or just for future reference? Does that mean I have access and it is reserved in a way? I have heard stories of other users saving ebooks or audiobooks, then go to listen to them and are told they are not available. So, it is kind of confusing.

Long post short, I am going to continue to give this service a try and see if it is a good alternative for me and my reading habits when supplementing my all of a sudden limited library digital resources.


Do you use Scribd? What do you love about it? Have you run into any problems using this service?

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Revisiting | Un-listened to Audiobooks

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So back in August I made a post listing all of the audiobooks I owned and have yet to get to for one reason or another. If you want to check it out, you can find it here: Lists | Un-listened to Audiobooks. Well, since it has been a few months I wanted to update you on my progress. I will openly admit I have acquired more since August, it has been nearly 5 months, but I have also listened to quite a bit more since then as well. I am hoping it will kind of even out, fingers crossed!

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Stats

Un-listened 8/2018: 16

Un-listened 1/2019: 13

Books listened to from previous post: 13

New books added and not listened to: 10

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Updated List of Un-listened to Audiobooks

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Lists | Un-listened to Audiobooks

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So if you are new here, my name is Luna and I love audiobooks. I have been listening to them for years. For me, they are reading and they count. When I listen to an audiobook I actually absorb more information. I am not sure if it is because I am more engaged in the story or it is because that is my strength. Either way, that is just how my brain works.

So, over the years I have listened to audiobooks on cassettes (yes, I have listened to audiobooks for that long), CDs OverDrive, and through audible. Since having a subscription to audible and loved ones gifting me credits, I am fortunate enough to have an abundance.  Over the years I have not gotten to quite a few of the audiobooks, 16 in fact.  So, I thought it would give me a bit incentive to share some of the older audiobooks I own, but have yet to read.

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Which one should I read first?

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Lets Talk | Reading Formats

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Hello everyone, I wanted to start something a little new on my blog this year. I was thinking that maybe once a month I would introduce a bookish topic we could discuss. The first topic I want to talk about is reading formats. I have to admit, this is a topic I am always a but nosy about. I always like to find out what reading format someone prefers. I always want to know why they like one and don’t like another.

Paperback:

I can see the benefit of paperbacks, they are usually cheaper, smaller, and easy to get your hands on when a book has been out for a bit of time. They also make a nice sound if they are particularly floppy.

Hardbacks:

I can also see the benefit in loving a hard back. They usually have a dust jacket for protection, they hold up a bit better in a bag, and the spine does not break as a paperback.

Audiobook:

Audiobooks have a few benefits as well. You can listen while you are driving, cleaning, or  you are participating in another hobby like knitting, coloring, or embroidery. Another important benefit is the fact it is an assistive technology that allows the sight impaired to read.

Ebooks:

Ebooks have a few advantages as well. They are durable, unless you drop them in water. You can highlight make notes without “ruining a book” or using a pen. Another bonus is you can have 100s of books if not more right in the palm of your hand.


Now, I love to focus on the positive aspects of each, mainly because that is my personality. But, I know that each of these also have their disadvantages. I am curious, what do you think the disadvantages of each are? Are there any positives I overlooked or didn’t realize? Which do you prefer? I can’t wait to read your answers.

Also, I am adding a bit of a poll at the end of this post. I thought it would be fun to add the result in my next discussion post. If you click into the embedded poll it will allow you to scroll down to hit submit.


I hoped your enjoyed this little discussion post, if you liked it please let me know. If you have any ideas for future discussion posts, suggestions are always welcomed.

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Bookish Apps I Use


175x175bbLeio – This app tracks amount of time you spend reading. You track your reading time on a specific book. With the free version you can only track one book at a time. With this app you can scan the ISBN code or you can type your information manually. When you are ready to start reading hit “Read” and it begins to track. Leio predicts how long it will take you to finish a book and tells you your reading speed. It also monitors your reading streak (days in a row), longest book read, most pages read in one sitting, longest reading session. This year I was curious as to how much time I actually spent reading not just the number of books. So this little app is a great help.

You can find more information here:

http://leio.co/?i=1


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Libib – This app lets you create lists of books, movies, video games, and music. I use this to organize my TBR pile. This way when I am getting close to finishing a book I don’t have to search my bookshelf for my next read. I can just open the app and scroll through my list. You can also scare the lists with your friends and follow other people.

You can check out my TBR pile here:

https://bookishluna.libib.com/


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Goodreads – I use goodreads to update reading and track the number of books I have read. I also use it to see reviews when I go to the bookstore and I am browsing and find a book that interests me, but I am not sure if I want to commit. Another fun bonus is seeing what others are reading. I update this very often, more so than my instagram profile.

You can find my most recent reads here:

https://www.goodreads.com/BookishLuna


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Overdrive – I use this cool little app to rent audiobook and ebooks from my local library. It is great for on the go and you find yourself without a book on hand. I can pull something up on my phone free of charge.

You can find more information here:

https://www.overdrive.com


I also use the Kindle, Audible, and Nook apps. Between nook and kindle apps I can shop for the cheaper option for a particular book I want to read. I also have an audible subscription. I love listening to books while I drive or clean. It is wonderful when you can continue to read a book you really enjoy even if you have some chores to do or places to go.

Well I hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite bookish apps.

What is your favorite bookish app?