How do I listen to an audiobook?

Not every second can be spent reading a book but that doesn't mean that you should be without a good one. Listen to great books on Scribd! Now it won't matter if you're driving your car, you're answering an email, or you simply prefer giving your eyes a rest for a while--you'll be able to enjoy great audiobooks on Scribd at the same time all included with your premium membership. 

There are two ways to find audiobooks on Scribd. When you select the 'Browse' option at the bottom of the app, you'll see there's two columns--either books or audiobooks. The best way to find a great new book to listen to will be looking through the genres that way. You're welcome to search for a specific audiobook as well. If we have it, you'll be able to find it based on the title or the author. Select the magnify glass icon at the top of the app, enter in your search phrase, and when you scroll through the results, you'll first find books and then audiobooks matching your search. 

When you find an audiobook you're interested in, simply tap on the book cover to be taken to the book's main page. You'll find the length of the audiobook directly underneath the author's name as well as who it was narrated. You can scroll down past the reviews of the book to listen to a sample of the book before you decide if it's the book you're ready to enjoy. Just like all our ebooks, you're welcome to store it on your device for offline reading!

To start playing the book, simply hit the icon found directly in the middle of the book's cover. The book will open to the audio page and, once you select the play button, the book will start

You'll find options to skip forward a chapter, move back a chapter, and pause the book at anytime at the bottom of the screen. There's also a 'jump' option to fast forward or rewind a specific small amount. The default for these buttons is 30 seconds. To change the length of time, go to the 'Settings' page of the app. Outside of the book, select 'Profile' found on the navigation menu and then select the gear wheel icon found in the upper righthand corner. On the 'Settings' page, select 'Audio Jump' and choose your preferred jump time from the options given.

Sometimes you'll need to skip ahead or backtrack in a book and simply using the 'skip chapter' options are going to cause it to be a longer process than you would want. Luckily you can choose a chapter to jump straight to it. Select the icon in the upper righthand corner, go to 'Table of Contents' and you'll find the list of Chapters. Just tap on the one you wish to start listening to. 

You can set it up so that the book stops itself by selecting the symbol that looks like a moon and star found on the lefthand side of the audio page. When you select that, the Sleep Timer menu will appear and from there select the length of time you wish for the book to play. Once the timer counts down to zero, the book will automatically turn off. If you like to read before bed, you can fall asleep to the words being read to you and know that it won't be running all night long. 

If you run into any issues with an audiobook on the site, please be sure to let Scribd support know. Open a support request or email them at and please include the name of book that you are having issues with and describe the trouble in detail. They'll get to work on seeing about a fix for the problem so you can enjoy the audiobook again as quickly as possible. 

Happy listening!

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