Press Release: Scribd Adds 30,000 Audiobooks to Its Library, Creating the Largest Unlimited Book Offering from World's Top Publishers
SAN FRANCISCO, November 6, 2014 — Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of this extensive audiobooks selection, which includes titles from Blackstone, HarperCollins, Scholastic and Naxos, to Scribd’s existing library of more than half a million e-books represents the largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available today.
“We’ve always envisioned Scribd as a home for the best writing and storytelling in the world,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd. “Audiobooks are more than a $1B a year industry and they are a natural extension of Scribd’s existing content offering. This has been one of our most popular requests and we’re excited to reach book lovers wherever they are and however they choose to read – or listen.”
“We are thrilled to work with Scribd on an audiobook offering,” said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins Publishers. “Audio is a growing category and one that needs additional distribution channels. By making our audiobooks available through Scribd, we’re opening up a much wider market for our authors’ works.”
Listeners can browse special audio-only collections curated by Scribd’s editorial staff, including collections arranged by length, narrator, and subject, from “Shakespearean Actors Reading Shakespeare” to “Roadtrip Listening: SF to LA,” to “What to Listen to on the Way to a Job Interview.”
● Landmark works by contemporary authors – Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, The Game by A.S. Byatt, Europe Central by William T. Vollmann, Mothers and Sons by Colm Tóibín, Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen, and more.
● Beloved actors reading children’s classics – James Earl Jones reads Who’s In Rabbit’s House?, Paul Giamatti reads The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Meryl Streep reads Chrysanthemum, Sarah Jessica Parker reads Owen, and more.
● Star-studded full-cast recordings of classics – Contemporary actors including Damien Lewis & Joseph Fiennes appear in full-cast recordings of Shakespeare; Forest Whitaker, Eartha Kitt, Angela Bassett, and Denzel Washington appear in full-cast recordings of the Bible.
● Golden Age Radio Dramas – Science fiction classics such as the Bradbury Thirteen and The Twilight Zone recall the Golden Age of radio dramas with full cast recordings, soundtracks, and sound effects.
● Self-Improvement titles by world-renowned authors – The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, and more.
● Novels that inspired blockbuster films – Recordings of the novels that inspired blockbuster films, such as Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Graduate by Charles Webb.
● Beloved narrators – Audiophiles’ favorite narrators such as Jim Dale, Simon Vance, and Katherine Kellgren.
● Critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings – Grammy & Audie Award Winners, ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings, Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Winners, and more.
● Titles from the world’s leading audiobooks publishers – Blackstone, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Naxos, and more.
Scribd is partnering with Findaway World, a leading provider of digital audiobooks and technology solutions, to power its audiobook offering. Findaway World’s AudioEngine platform enables access to the catalog of more than 30,000 unlimited subscription audiobooks to Scribd users worldwide. Audiobooks are available now to subscribers on Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets, and web enabled browsers. Audiobooks will be available to iOS users in the coming days.
Scribd is the premier subscription book service with more than half a million e-books and audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners, and reader favorites across every genre. Available in nearly every country and 80 languages via iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets and the web, Scribd also features more than 60 million written works contributed by users around the world. Launched in 2007 by Trip Adler and Jared Friedman and backed by Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures, Scribd is one of the most influential websites in the world, reaching more than 80 million active readers every month.