Scribd Launches Student Essential Bundle With a Small Discount

As the new school year begins here in the US, Scribd is making a play for students.

Techcrunch reports that Scribd now offers an introductory Student Essential Bundle. Students can pay $30 and get access to Scribd’s ebook subscription service for four months. The bundle also includes a non-renewing NYTimes subscription.

CEO Trip Adler told me students already make up a significant portion of the subscribers who pay to read e-books, audiobooks, magazine articles and more. (We’ve described Scribd as an all-you-can-read service, but that’s not quite accurate anymore, as it limits access to some of its titles through a monthly credit system.)

The company recently expanded into newspaper articles, so Scribd subscribers can already read select New York Times content. The new Essential Student Bundle, however, includes a full access to the Times library — Adler explained that while Scribd will handle all the billing, subscribers will get a separate login to the NYT website and apps.

To sign up, a student verifies their status through SheerID, then they make a one-time, $29.99 payment that covers a four-month period. (That breaks down to $1.87 per week.)

A regular Scribd subscription cost $9  month and lets you read 3 ebooks and listen to one audiobook. So this is bout a $6 discount from the usual rate of $36.

That’s not much of a discount, but on the other hand this bundle does come with time-limited access to the NYTimes. That runs $2 a week if you commit to a 6-month subscription, so that is something.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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