I’m sure you have heard of Scribd. But what is Everand?
Whether you have seen this new name come by or have wondered about the yellow app icon showing up on your phone, in this blog post, you can find all the answers to the question: “What is Everand?”
And I have also prepared an Everand review for you, including its features and how it compares to other ebook and audiobook services.
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What is Everand?
Everand is the new story branch of Scribd. The original Scribd platform has been divided. Under the name Scribd, you can now only find the original document service where researchers and other users can upload and download PDFs.
Everand is the new name for the digital library service that offers ebooks, audiobooks, sheet music, podcasts, and magazines for a flat monthly fee.
You might wonder, why is Scribd now Everand?
It’s just cleaner to split these two services.
Personally, I think this is an excellent change because people kept trying to abuse the document upload function for pirated ebooks.
And I also felt that the search results often didn’t present the way I would have expected, as they were cluttered with PDFs when I was looking for an audiobook.
Of course, I would have preferred to keep the name Scribd for the book subscription. But given that document exchange for researchers was the original purpose of the platform, I absolutely understand this decision.
And we bookworms at least get to keep the app!
That’s why you might have stumbled over a seemingly new app on your phone. Your former app Scribd is now called Everand and shows the new name and new icon.
People who want to upload and download PDFs have to install a new app named Scribd.
Features of Everand
While the document exchange is gone, Everand offers ebook and audiobook fans everything we have come to love:
Almost Unlimited Access to a Huge Catalog
Everand has a vast digital library that covers an extensive range of content, from bestselling novels and nonfiction to popular magazines, and from audiobooks to podcasts and even sheet music.
While some books and audiobooks are premium content and you can’t download an unlimited number of those, you can get almost unlimited audiobook listening out of an Everand subscription as you are neither limited by the number of books as Hoopla does nor by number of hours as on BookBeat.
Once you start a book, you can be sure that you get to finish it. You can add as many books to your library as you want. And if you read and listen wide to a range of genres, indie-published and backlist books, you will likely not be impacted much by throttling.
Download and Offline Reading
One of the perks of this platform is the ability to download content for offline reading and listening. This is a must-have for those who want to read on the go, whether it’s during a flight, a long commute, or simply when you’re away from a reliable internet connection.
You can download ebooks and audiobooks to your device and enjoy them without the need for a constant internet connection.
But you are also free to stream them, and you never have to wait for the download to finish first before diving into your newest audiobook.
User-Friendly Reading and Listening Experience
Everand offers a user-friendly interface both in the app and on the website, making it easy to navigate and explore the platform.
You can browse their catalog, add books to your library with a click, and then read or listen to them whenever you want.
The app has a great audiobook player with all the must-have features like bookmarks, narration speed, and sleep timer.
The personalized book and audiobook recommendations are excellent. As you use the platform, it learns about your interests and reading habits, which means you’ll receive tailored suggestions, making the discovery of new, exciting content a breeze.
They also have exclusive audiobooks that you can’t find anywhere else!
Everand is available on a wide range of devices, including iPhone and Android smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.
This means you can seamlessly transition between listening to an audiobook on your commute via the mobile app, and picking up where you left off on your laptop.
How does Everand compare to other Audiobook Services?
Of course, this is not the only digital library service out there. Let’s have a quick look how it compares to the most popular audiobook and ebook services.
Audible is the biggest player in the audiobook market and offers subscribers a vast collection of audiobooks and original audio content and many membership perks.
While Everand also offers a substantial selection of audiobooks, Audible has a much bigger catalog, not only due to its exclusive productions but also because traditional book publishing companies don’t always offer their audiobooks in library services.
However, Everand’s subscription plan is a cost-effective choice that can offer you more listening to the books you want for a lower fee.
Everand vs. Kindle Unlimited
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited allows subscribers to access a huge library of ebooks and audiobooks and borrow as many as they want for a flat monthly fee.
Everand is very similar to this, but the two main differences are that Everand limits your access to premium books (e.g., the latest bestsellers) and that they do indeed have the latest bestsellers in their catalog, while Kindle Unlimited consists mainly of self-published ebooks and audiobooks published by one of Amazon’s own imprints.
For European audiobook fans, BookBeat is a strong alternative to Everand. As BookBeat is from the UK, you can find books in their catalog that aren’t available on Everand.
BookBeat also offers content in more languages.
However, if you are an experienced Scribd/Everand subscriber, you can likely get more listening out of that subscription than out of a BookBeat one, as BookBeat limits your listening by hours.
Everand vs Hoopla
Hoopla is a digital platform for library card holders to listen to audiobooks. Most libraries will offer you 5 to 10 borrows per month, and using Hoopla is offered for free by participating local libraries.
Everand and Hoopla have a very similar catalog. So, I like to recommend to avid audiobook listeners to use both services. Borrow the newest releases and bestsellers from Hoopla, where you are only limited by the amount of books.
Then you can get a lot of additional listening out of your Everand subscription.
As the catalogs are so similar, it is also an excellent alternative for anyone who cannot get access to Hoopla.
How to Use Everand Books
Now that you have a good understanding of what Everand is and what it offers, let’s explore how to make the most of this versatile platform. Whether you’re a new user or looking to optimize your experience, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use it effectively.
Go to the official website at everand.com**. Click on the “Read free for 30 days” button to create your account. You can sign up using your email, Google, Apple, or Facebook account.
Everand only offers one plan that gives you access to everything for $11.99 or €10.99 per month after a one month free trial**.
Exploring the Library:
After signing in, you’ll land on the home page. Here, you’ll find featured books, audiobooks, and documents. You can also see personalized recommendations once you have a reading history.
Use the search bar at the top to find specific titles or authors. Everand’s search functionality is robust, so you can discover content easily.
You can also explore the various categories of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and sheet music, or browse through book genres and Editor’s picks.
Reading and Listening:
Once you have found content you’re interested in, click on it to access the reading or listening page. You can choose to read or listen to the content online directly in your web browser.
Or you click “Save for later” to add it to your library, which you can find under the “Saved” tab in the app.
If you’d like to read or listen offline, click the download button (the downward arrow in the app) to save the book to your device.
Is Everand worth it?
Now that we’ve explored “What is Everand?” as well as its features and how it compares to other ebook and audiobook subscriptions.
But is Everand worth it?
My answer is a resounding yes! I get so, so much listening out of this subscription every month. I could absolutely not afford to buy all these books individually.
I’ve used Scribd for audiobooks for years before it was renamed to Everand. And while there used to be times when the service was bumpy and the app wasn’t smooth, it has improved by leaps and bounds, and I would absolutely not want to miss it now.
If you are new to audiobooks, I can recommend an Everand free trial** wholeheartedly because it allows you to explore a variety of audiobooks. If you have only used Audible so far, you will love how you can listen to so many audiobooks here without having to spend money or an Audible credit.
Eline Blackman (pronouns: she/they) fell in love with books as a child – with being read to and reading herself. 10 years ago, she bought her first Audible book. It was love at first listen! An average of 250 audiobooks per year has become the new normal and you will rarely see Eline without a wireless earbud. Romance and Fantasy are the go-to genres for this audiobook fan.