Book {ish} – Scribd: A Love Affair

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I like big books.  I like little books.  I like comic books.  I like audiobooks.  I like books, y’all.

After resisting the e-reading phenomenon as hard as I resisted CD’s(so long, so old, get off my lawn, diabeetus) and then trying(and loathing) to read on an iPad(srsly, the WORST), I allowed my husband to talk me into getting a Kindle as a belated(ahem) Christmas present.  Turns out belated worked for him in this sitch, my Kindle is my life.  My eyes are old and have been deteriorating at a rapid pace since age 8, which means I will be stockpiling glass Coke bottles for the inevitable end of civilization melee.

A friend gave me a code for a three month trial of Scribd.  So far I’ve listened to eight books and read two.  $8.99 per month, no limit on how many you can read or listen to.  You can download them on your phone or iPad to read or listen to offline.

Nothing is perfect.  Duh squared times obvs divided by well yeah.  This service only allows you to read books in your browser or on their app on your phone or device.  This means no e-ink readers.  No Kindle.  Wah.  Which means actually reading is out for me.  But there are a ton of audiobooks on the shelves and they are adding more content all the time.

Unfortunately, I can’t justify the 9 bucks a month(that’s like, 3 bags of Cadbury mini eggs y’all) when I can’t read with my eyeballs.  But if you read in your browser(like a savage from the times before time) or on your device with app and you buy at least one newish release a month, this service is tits.  Like nice, big, squishy ones that make for a cozy spot upon which to rest your head while reading.  If you’re into that sort of thing.

They have so many in-demand new releases that all you suckers(read: me) have to wait a zillion years for on the library queue.  There’s no waiting at Scribd.  Every person in every land all around the world can literally read the same book at the same time.  Omg, can we make that happen?  I think I just stumbled on the formula for world peace.  Let me know in the comments which book everyone in the world should read at once to create world peace.  I’m going with Speaker of the Dead by Orson Scott Card because dude, we really are all connected.  Even that miserable homophobic bastard, Orson Scott Card.  If you read any of his books buy them secondhand so he doesn’t get any more money in his gay-hating hands.  K?  Thx byyyye. *hair flip*

The other coolest thing in the whole wide world of Scribd is that they have COMICS.  Like, for FREE.  I mean, technically 9 bucks a month free, but still.  As many as you can read.  The literal(read: figurative, or at least subjective) coolest.  I had a list for Rilo and one for me.  So great.  I don’t buy comics anymore because zomg, I want a real live house someday.  Or even a non-living one.  But I want to and I love them and I do get trade paperbacks from the library, like a savage from the times before time.

Book lovers unite in admiration for this genius corner of the internet.  And petition them to add Kindle formatted books and I’ll come running with my nine bucks a month.

This review is simply me fangirling.  No money or Cadbury mini eggs changed hands.  Although, I could be persuaded fairly easily.  I do love the eggs.

joules

I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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68 Posts | Member since 2012-08-17
I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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