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Old 02-06-2018, 07:33 AM   #1
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Scribd - Unlimited again

Scribd.com is going back to the Unlimited model, after 2 years on a credit system! This appears to include audibooks. This appears to me to be a result of Audible's unlimited package. I have been using the heck out of Audible since the day it went live. $6.95 for all I can listen is phenomenal. Not sure I can justify a second subscription, as I have hundreds in my Audible wish list. But I will be browsing!

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Curtailing its original unlimited plan bought Scribd breathing room to work on a better strategy. It’s once again calling the service unlimited—with an asterisk. In the textual equivalent of a wireless carrier offering unlimited data but throttling speeds for bandwidth hogs, people who read a very high number of books (which Adler won’t specify, saying that it’s still subject to tweaking) in a given month will get access to a smaller selection of titles until the next billing cycle begins. This will affect up to 8% of readers.

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Old 02-06-2018, 01:46 PM   #2
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I expect I'll sign up for the free trial, at least. I know I had a trial membership way back, when they offered unlimited audiobooks, but I don't remember how it worked.
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Anyone using this on an e-ink device? Curious how well it works. Considering the Icarus Illumina XL HD, but can't find much about how Scribd works with it.

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Old 02-06-2018, 04:00 PM   #4
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I have scribd. I'm just so excited to see this! I didn't like Audible Romance Package too many gaps in series.
I've been using scribds' credit system for awhile but now it's gone I can just listen to anything I was saving up for. This is great!

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Old 02-07-2018, 01:49 PM   #5
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Blossom I'm interested to hear what your experience is in the coming months. How many you listen to in Feb and March, and if you run up against any restrictions.
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FYI I was offered a 30 day free trial, even though I had been a paying member in the past. I took them up on it.
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Scribd has several titles on my wish list. I may do the free trial after finishing my latest read.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:26 PM   #8
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I didn't like Audible Romance Package too many gaps in series.
I hadn't noticed this until now. Scribd has a ton from various series I am interested in that Audible Package is missing. Might be worth while for me to keep Scribd instead.

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Old 02-16-2018, 02:11 PM   #9
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I have details!

Started free trial Feb 07.

Have listened to 3 complete titles.

Have 2 titles downloaded but only started one.

Having compulsively and obsessively been going over the books in the web site, I can say for a FACT that MANY books in my saved list (and unsaved also), all of a sudden are topped with a small banner that says "AVAILABLE SOON."

For example just this morning I made a note of some Amanda Quick titles that were listed. Now every single audiobook by her in the catalog has the banner.

Going to a completely different genre, I look up John Sandford, and 7 out of 49 audiobooks can be listened to now, the rest are "available soon."

So I have been throttled already.

What shows up for me in the searches has also changed. It doesn't show any of the "available now" titles. I have to search by author to find them. For example, Carla Neggars, in search, I see an ebook, and no audiobooks. Selecting sort by audiobooks, none. I click on her name, and there are 24. None available to me now. They were the other day.

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Old 02-16-2018, 03:17 PM   #10
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So I have been throttled already.
Shame on you for listening to 4 audiobooks. You're abusing the system
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Right? I am a little stunned that I ran into this so soon.
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Thanks for sharing! So your limit was five? You still have access to the 2 you downloaded?

I'm not too surprised. My theory was that the limits will be somewhere around the credits you used to be allowed to accumulate. Those were 3 audiobooks and 9 ebooks.
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I am listening to one and have another downloaded, with wifi off. Nothing on the web site changed until I connected today once I'd finished #3 and downloaded #4. I will listen to the two downloaded before I connect again! I will report after that. I hope I can get one more this month.

Though to be fair, there are plenty of available books. It's just that I seem to be restricted from a lot of titles. I wonder when the limits end, by month or by subscription date? I'll keep track.

ETA -

It looks like everything I had in my Saved list is still available. (If true, then I have a hundred or more LOL).

I added a new title to my saved list, and it says it will be available to me on 3/07/18, my date of service.

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Right? I am a little stunned that I ran into this so soon.
I love how unlimited really means limited

Do you plan on sticking with them?
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Are you going to continue after your free trial? I wonder if the limits will be the same then.
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