Scribd found a way to stand out in the subscription-based e-book lending service today. Offer audio books.

The company announced earlier today they have added 30,000 audiobooks to its library of 500,000 e-books, all yours for $8.99 a month.

The audiobooks span all genres from The Hunger Games and Divergent to self-improvement titles The Power of Now and Daring Greatly.

Right now, Scribd subscribers can listen to the audiobooks on Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets and the Web. iOS support is expected in the coming days.

Those of you with long commutes have to be loving today’s news from Scribd. “The commuters around the office are beside themselves. Actually, we’re all beside ourselves. And we hope you are, too,” reads a Scribd blog post.

Now, we wait for Amazon’s response. Will they match Scribd’s move into Audiobooks for their e-book subscription service. I think they have too.

The biggest winner in all of this? Us. Competition fuels great services. And, everyone wins when companies duke it out with one another.

I’ll be giving Scribd’s subscription service a shot over the next few weeks, and will let you know what I think. Those of you with subscriptions already, how are you liking it? Will you be taking advantage of audiobooks now that they have been added?

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